Measuring Advocacy for Policy Change meeting on Respectful Maternity Care

Hastings began this session by reviewing how change has affected policy and implementation, especially through rights based approaches. She described how PEPFAR used policy rather than guidance for certain changes, and the challenges surrounding those policies.
For the large group work, Hastings began with a definition for Policy Advocacy as: a set of targeted actions designed to influence decision makers in support of a specific policy issue. With that definition in mind, she asked participants to list the policies that would allow RMC to be a part of maternal health, everywhere. Once policies and intentions were discussed, the participants used sticky dots to prioritize these interventions and policies. Participants then were broken into smaller groups to discuss these policies for Professional Associations and on Global, National, Sub-national, and Community scales. Questions asked included: What are the priority outcomes? Who must be influenced? What are the interim outcomes? What would we like to see changed, and how will we measure it?

Facilitator: Mary Beth Hastings

October 21-22, 2013

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