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Federal Advocacy Consulting

Our Process

Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, and nonprofits rely on Ballast's research to build more effective engagement within federal government.

We go directly to the source to find out how federal policymakers define productive and mutually beneficial advocacy. Through our research, policymakers can better inform, direct, and correct advocates' investment and effort.

The Survey

Policymakers provide input on advocate engagement across 10 key drivers of effectiveness, including credibility, influence, and level of engagement. We then rate an organization’s findings against its peers to contextualize its overall reputation and approach.

The Interviews

Qualitative interviews give policymakers the opportunity to provide confidential feedback to advocates about their engagement. Policymakers provide anecdotal and comparative data that inform our case studies, best practices, and targeted advocacy recommendations.

“This deep-dive, customized research is invaluable for understanding what policymakers think of us and need from us. The insights are another important tool we use to inform our thinking on how to engage, and the data illuminate where we can do better.”
Head of U.S. Communications
Fortune 10 Company

Relevant Work

Case Study

Assessing Grassroots Effectiveness

How our research helped a client strengthen the cadence and quality of its policymaker engagements.
Case Study

Tying Philanthropy to Constituent Impact

How our research helped a client highlight the impact of its philanthropy to key policymakers.
Case Study

Validating Bipartisan Support

How Ballast helped a client validate — and strengthen — its presence on both sides of the aisle.

Get In Touch.

Whether you are a policymaker or a potential client, let's chat about how we can help make your policy conversations more productive.