There are challenges to agenda building that if  not dealt with carefully and skillfully can adversely affect an issue or  a proposal that you are trying to place in front of a decision maker.  On the other hand, no matter how expertly you build an agenda for your  issue or proposal, some issues are going to simply be avoided or not  selected for consideration. Why is this so?


In  this Small Group Discussion, you explore challenges surrounding policy  agendas and the reasons why some proposals never make it to the decision  maker.




Post your responses to the following questions presented for Small Group Discussion: Topic is Immigration 


  • Many social issues do not receive the necessary attention from decision makers. Why might these issues be cast aside?
  • Some issues lack sufficient support to ensure that they are added to decision-makers’ agendas. Why might this be?
  • Some issues receive significant attention from decision makers. Why  might these issues easily find their way onto decision makers’ agendas?


Be sure to support your post with specific references to this week’s resources.






Jansson, B. S. (2018). Becoming an effective policy advocate: From policy practice to social justice. (8th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning Series.
Chapter 6, “Committing to an Issue: Building Agendas” (pp. 176-203)


Edwards, H. R., & Hoefer, R. (2010). Are social work advocacy groups using Web 2.0 effectively? Journal of Policy Practice, 9(3/4), 220–239. Doi:10.1080/15588742.2010.489037.

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