Phase 1 – Tools for Preliminary Investigation and Assessment

The purpose of the preliminary investigation is to solidify your policy goal and the specific city or county which will be the target of your efforts. You will need to assess the political environment, to identify local problems, issues, and resources which might impact your campaign, gather public health data, and understand other factors which could influence decision makers.

Conduct informal interviews with a number of people; talk to people within your office, your coalition, and your community about past experiences with this issue or similar and related ones. This has the added benefit of being a low key way to gain support for your effort.