What We Do
Policy and Advocacy
The Office of Policy and Advocacy manages an integrated advocacy and policy agenda that supports the mission of the department, and raises awareness among our legislative, policy and regulatory partners. Additionally, this office houses the former Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence which will continue to build Chicago's capacity to more effectively respond to domestic violence, as well as the Plan to End Homelessness.
The mission of the Office of Policy and Advocacy is to develop and advocate forcefully for effective and comprehensive policies that enhance the well-being of Chicago’s residents, communities and service providers.
Key priorities for the Office of Policy and Advocacy include:
- Developing strategic state and federal policy agendas that promote and advance key priorities for Chicago’s residents and community-based organizations.
- Advocating for policy priorities in collaboration with other City departments, service providers, governmental officials, advocates, and Chicago residents
- Working with university partners to develop and disseminate data, reports, and community assessments that identify community needs, track the well-being of children and families, and analyze the supply and demand of services.
- Coordinating evaluations and assessments to determine whether programs, policies and initiatives are achieving intended results.
- Participating on critical advisory councils, commissions, task forces, and work groups in the city and state that influence human services programming and policy.