How to Influence Decision-Makers through the Creation of Effective Questions

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Teaching Strategy Description:

In this exercise, twelve student teams are assigned a determinant of health issue to discuss and then present in class. With the objective of the exercise being “Influencing Decision makers”, teams are asked to compose a question that they would ask local politicians pertaining to their DOH. Questions are collected, students vote on the best question and that question is subsequently sent to politicians for response.

Teaching Context:

  • 3rd year community health course in class activity.


National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools. (2015). Retrieved from

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RNAO(2006). Taking Action! Political Action and Information Kit for RNs. Retrieved from

RNAO (2006). Framework for Political Action. Retrieved from

RNAO (2006). Lobbying Senior Administrators &Politician. Retrieved from ca/files/storage/related/1227_Lobbying_Senior_Administrators_and_Politicians_-_Sec_4.pdf.


Submitted by: Diane Dowling, Julie Dyke, Heather Jessup-Falcioni, Denise Kall, Joan Martin Saarinen, Kim Sheppard, Laralea Stalkie, and Kay Vallee, Laurentian University

Indicator(s): 5.4