Advocacy Policy

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Education, Advocacy, and Lobbying Policy and Procedures

Policy

Goal

To advance the mission of The Dibble Institute to reach more young people with relationship skills education.

Approach

The Dibble Institute, in order to advance and protect its mission at the federal and state levels, will:

  • Seek broad, systemic social change through influencing policy
  • Use the non-partisan tools of education, advocacy, and lobbying focused on specific policies and legislation, not candidates.

Organizational Mission

The Dibble Institute promotes relationship training for youth—especially in the context of dating and romantic connections. Our goal is help young people build a foundation for healthy romantic relationships now, and for lasting, positive family environments in the future.

Our Core Values include:

  • Focusing on the needs of young people and those who serve and teach them
  • Impacting the lives of young people and our society through our leadership in the field
  • Building strong relationships, networks, and collaboratives with others

Key activities include:

  • Providing leadership in the field in order to create more opportunities for teaching relationship skills
  • Advocating for more opportunities for relationship skills programs with policy makers, decision influencers, and decision makers at the national, state, and local levels
  • Collaborating with organizations and individuals who share our vision

Areas of Interest

The Dibble Institute aims to advance policies that increase the opportunities for young people to learn healthy, romantic relationship skills.

We focus our education, advocacy, and lobbying efforts on the following areas:

  • Education – primarily health education and Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention – serving both those who teach comprehensive sex and sexual risk avoidance.
  • Family Stabilization – including Temporary Aid to Needy Families, Healthy Relationship and Responsible Fatherhood grantees, expectant and parenting teens, non-custodial parents, and maternal and child health programs.
  • Risk-Immersed Youth – including those in correctional systems, child welfare, runaway and homeless youth, youth unattached to school or work
  • Violence Prevention – including preventing sexual assault, dating violence, rape, and bullying.
  • Health – including behavioral and mental health as well as preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Procedures

When a public policy issue involves our Areas of Interest, The Dibble Institute may take the following advocacy actions consistent with these procedures:

A. Sharing Statements From Others

Without taking a position of its own, The Dibble Institute may share with clients and/or with all or parts of its email list, including through social media, a policy statement, issue brief, call to action, or other policy position if:

  • Sharing the statement will fulfill The Dibble Institute’s role as a leader for the field; or
  • The Dibble Institute has already adopted a substantially similar policy position; and
  • Approved by the President and Executive Director.

B. Sign-on Letters, Joint Statements, Action Campaigns and Coalition Participation

The Dibble Institute may take an official policy position by joining a sign-on letter, joint statement, action campaign, coalition, or other action if:

  • Analysis of prevailing research about the issue indicates that the specific policy position will further The Dibble Institute’s mission. This research may include reports from other organizations, academic research, government reports, media publications, and other sources.
  • Taking the position will fulfill The Dibble Institute’s role as a leader in the field; and
  • Approved by the President and Executive Director.

C. Policy Statements, Issue Briefs and Advocacy Campaigns.

The Dibble Institute may issue a policy statement, publish a policy brief, lead an advocacy campaign, or engage in any other advocacy (including direct and grass roots lobbying) action if:

  • Analysis of the prevailing research about the issue indicates that the specific policy position will further The Dibble Institute’s mission. This research may include reports by other organizations, academic research, government reports, media publications, or other sources;
  • The statement or action will fulfill The Dibble Institute’s role as a leader;
  • Internal review by the President & Executive Director confirms that a specific position is consistent with the Areas of Interest, furthers the organization’s mission; and
  • Approved by the President and Executive Director.

D. Board’s Role

The Dibble Institute’s Board of Directors may, from time to time, serve as an advisory committee to the President & Executive Director to:

  • Provide advice in an expedited time frame, if called upon, about the best course of action concerning specific policy issues; and
  • Receive periodic reports from the President & ED and contribute to the strategic public policy direction of The Dibble Institute.

All current public policy positions will be available through The Dibble Institute website. Clients and stakeholders will be notified of new policy positions through monthly e-Newsletter or other electronic communications.