Strategic Advocacy for Lasting Results (SALR)

SALR provides confidential, peer-based assistance to legal services programs to help them develop or expand their capacity to achieve broad-based results and, in particular, to achieve lasting, systemic change for clients and low-income communities. SALR helps programs evaluate their current capacity, identify strategies to increase their capacity and develop a plan to implement those strategies. It is meant to be a resource for programs that are not currently focused on broad-based advocacy, as well as those that want to improve or expand an aspect of their ongoing work. It will be available to programs on as equitable a basis as possible and will place a high priority on working with programs with limited resources. SALR will draw from the expertise of legal aid leaders and emerging leaders[1] from across the country to provide the direct peer advocacy assistance. A team of peer advocacy assistance providers will visit the programs that seek assistance to conduct assessments and provide skills-building as needed, and as the team has the expertise and time to provide

To download the SALR initiative overview,click here.

SALR Organizational Application 

To download an application to be an organization that receives a team of peer advocates, click here.

Peer Advocates Application

NLADA recruits peer advocates from across the country to be a part of the SALR team. This is a wonderful opportunity to give to other organizations who are seeking to improve their systemic advocacy work AND to learn from other team members, the organization we are visiting, and through the process of being on the team. Members of past SALR peer advocate teams resoundingly stated that they learned more from being a part of the team than they felt they gave or ever expected.

Read their testimonials here. 

To download an application to be a peer advocates, click here.

Report of SALR Initiative, 2012-2013

In 2012 – the pilot year – two organizations were selected for SALR site visits: Cabrini-Green Legal Aid in Chicago, IL and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas. In 2013, NLADA visited Detroit Legal Aid & Defender Association and New Mexico Legal Aid. Confidential reports were prepared for each site visit following the visit. A public report of themes and lessons learned has been prepared.

To download the SALR initiative report, click here.

Tools to assist organizations who wish to engage in strategic advocacy:

Self-Assessment for ABA Standard 2.6 regarding strategic advocacy

The ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services to the Poor provide guidance to legal services organizations on how best to operate and provide services to client communities. Standard 2.6 sets forth the best means to engage in strategic advocacy. This self-assessment allows an organization to “grade” itself against the elements within Standard 2.6.

NLADA has created a self-assessment tool of the ABA Standards on the Provision of Legal Aid 2.6 on “Achieving Lasting Results for Low Income Individuals and Communities”, which provides guidance on how to engage in broad-based advocacy.

Strategic Advocacy for Lasting Results (SALR) Toolkit

In preparation for the first site visit, NLADA visited 5 organizationd or regions who engage in intentional strategic advocacy. With insights, tools and best practice gleaned from those visits, NLADA created this toolkit.

[1] One of the goals of SALR is to build the capacity of emerging leaders to engage in systemic advocacy and provide expertise and assistance to others as a peer.


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