So What?

A Plague of Low-Hanging Fruit

September 16, 2016  • Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program

“So What?” – Your BI-Weekly Guide to Advocacy With Impact

Lovingly selected and lightly snarked by Team APEP: David Devlin-Foltz, Susanna Dilliplane, and Alex Gabriel

Refresh your clichés, refresh the world

APEP worships at the altar of Strunk and White, with its still-charming insistence on avoiding “hackneyed” phrases. Later authors remind us to “avoid clichés like the plague.” But it is helpful to “take a deeper dive” into the sea of tired jargon in which we currently swim. Here is GotoMeeting.UK’s helpful guide to 50 Annoying Phrases That We Must Stop Using at Work. The estimable Vu Le goes further, proposing alternatives so that we can get our bunnies in a basket (because why are we putting our ducks in a row?).

Shameless Plug – Organizational

The Aspen Institute takes serious things seriously – despite our tone here at “So What?” Here’s proof.

Picture This!

With a hat tip to our practically inestimable colleague, Rachael Strecher, we share this gorgeous correspondence on how to represent data.

Shameless Plug – Sentimental

APEP is proud of the work we did almost ten years ago to develop some of the early web-based, open-access tools for advocacy and policy change evaluation. We think our Advocacy Progress Planner (APP) has aged well, but Drupal thought otherwise. Thanks to our Aspen Institute webteam, the APP lives on here.  Check out this a menu-driven guide to planning and evaluating an advocacy campaign.