We help build activists' skills and capacity through training.
“If you want to become more clear about why you’re doing what you’re doing––how to clarify your vision, determine the goals that will support your vision, and learn about the steps and resources that will support and enhance your efforts––participate in a Climate Advocacy Lab training.” – Anonymous survey feedback, 2019 training participant
Sharing experience and knowledge changes the world.
Core to the Climate Advocacy Lab's theory of change is a belief that the climate movement will win more often and build durable political power if our community is coordinated and collaborative, clear about our vision and goals, evidence-based in our strategies and tactics, and committed to equitable outcomes.
The goal of our Training Program is help realize this vision for our movement in this critical moment by helping the climate community to:
Build the skills, tools and capacity needed to win
Strengthen connective tissue across the movement through increased coordination and collaboration
Support the synthesis, sharing, and adoption of evidence-based practices
Would you like the Climate Advocacy Lab to facilitate a workshop for your organization or coalition?
Contact the Lab’s Deputy Director, Carina Barnett-Loro to learn more!
Descriptions of some of the Lab's signature, evidence-based trainings. Contact us if you are interested in setting up a tailored training for your team, or explore past trainings we've delivered via in-person workshops and webinars.
Evidence-based campaign planning
Preparing to launch a new campaign or re-visiting one that's ongoing? Campaign planning helps us to define the boundaries of our work and allocate resources efficiently in service of both building power and winning. This workshop will help your organization and/or coalition develop or refine a campaign plan using evidence-based insights and best practices from the Lab's arsenal of resources and tools.
Audience-centered communication for climate action
Effective climate communication starts with your audience: who are we trying to reach, in what context, and to what end? This workshop will help participants hone in on a key constituency and examine “what we know” about that audience and how to persuade and motivate them based on insights from psychological and behavioral science research, as well as field-tested strategies.
Digital Strategy Deep-Dive
Digital tools and social media platforms allow us to connect communities, test aspects of our communication strategies, and amplify our messages to target policy-makers. This workshop will help your organization/coalition develop or refine a digital strategy integrated into your over-arching theory of change, based on best practices and lessons learned from research and extensive testing across – and beyond – the climate advocacy community.
Innovative tactics to sustain activism and build power
Why do folks take action with your organization? Keep taking action? Become committed leaders? This workshop covers what we know from the social science and field experimentation about how to build and sustain activist programs and develop leaders and support distributed teams – as well as help create the conditions under which sustained public participation translates into durable political power.
Integrating social equity and justice
Have you ever wondered why so many well-intentioned organizational “DEI” (diversity, equity & inclusion) efforts fail to have a truly transformative impact? Using an integral framework that acknowledges individual, collective, and cultural dimensions, this workshop will help you/your organization effectively and authentically integrate equity and justice into your work.
Research + Experimentation (R+E) Convening
Through the ongoing R+E “community of practice,” climate practitioners across sectors including advocacy, academia, and data analysis present the results of their recent research, testing, and experimentation. These workshops help grow the body of “evidence” for what works well (and not as well) to engage the public on climate and energy issues, increase sharing of data and analytics infrastructure, and help build the capacity of our movement to understand what questions can and need to be tested to win bold climate policies and build power.
Upcoming Workshops & Webinars
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Polling 101: What is it, when and how to utilize it
You don’t have to be a polling expert to utilize polling data in your work. Polling is an important tool in the movement’s toolbox and any advocate can gain an understanding of how to interpret poll data and to glean strategic guidance from it. Join the Lab and the Environmental Polling Consortium (EPC) for an introductory webinar on utilizing public opinion research for your campaigns.
This webinar will:
- Demystify polling and show how it can be a powerful tool for climate advocacy;
- Provide direction on where to find relevant polling data and how to utilize it in your advocacy;
- Share examples of how organizations in the movement have used polling to super-charge their advocacy; and
- Answer questions participants have!