NCVO Campaigning Conference 2017 workshops

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Workshops 1 – 10.30–11.45

Influencing Brexit 1: Taking back control? Shaping the law post-Brexit (introductory)

There are some 19,000 pieces of EU-related legislation that are currently in force, many of which are hugely important to the protection of charities’ beneficiaries. The great repeal bill will be responsible for transferring these into UK law, and this workshop will look at how to influence that process and avoid important legislation being weakened or amended.

Strategic 1: Stories v facts: Framing your message in a ‘post-truth’ environment (intermediate)

We are often told we are living in an era dominated by ‘post-truth politics’. This workshop discusses how you can communicate your message effectively to supporters and decision-makers without giving up your commitment to facts.

Practical 1: How new technology can help you connect with your supporters (advanced)

Whether you are looking to raise awareness, increase participation, or connect supporters with the reality of your work, many organisations are turning to technology to make their campaign a success. This workshop will look at latest developments in digital campaigning, with a panel of charities who have practical experience of using new tools and approaches to reach donors and beneficiaries.

Workshops 2 – 12.00–13.15

Influencing Brexit 2: New parliament, new politics? Key insights for campaigners post-election (intermediate)

Elections always create new opportunities and challenges for charities – hear from a panel of experts on what the election means for the political environment, and where the best opportunities for charities to influence politicians will be.

Strategic 2: Building public trust: The role of campaigners (advanced)

In this workshop we will look at how campaigners can help build public trust and confidence in charities, discussing issues around campaigning standards, transparency and accountability. There will also be time for you to bring in your own thoughts and questions.

Practical 2: Using evaluation to keep your campaign on track (introductory)

This workshop will examine common pitfalls around monitoring and evaluation to enable you to take advantage when things are going well, and address shortcomings early on in your campaign.

Workshops 3 – 14.15–15.30

Influencing Brexit 3: Give and take: What post-EU trade negotiations mean for your cause and how to influence them (advanced)

The UK is set to embark on a long and complicated process of negotiating trade deals with other countries and blocs of countries. The outcome of these trade deals could have profound impacts on charities and their beneficiaries – from a regulatory ‘race to the bottom’ with trade partners to higher costs for medicines. This session will delve into the complex world of trade deals and how to influence them.

Strategic 3: An influential group of MPs: How to get Select Committees to listen to your ideas (introductory)

Select committees provide a key opportunity for charities to influence MPs, the government and the wider policy debate. This session will explore how charities can influence committees effectively, and make the most of this crucial parliamentary route.

Practical 3: What campaigners need to know about volunteer management (intermediate)

This workshop discusses the role of volunteers in campaigning.

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