Annual Program Planning

Why we do Program Planning

There are many important issues on which the League could have an impact. With program planning, League members decide where we could be most effective and which issues most deserve our time and efforts. 

For the League, “program” means “those issues impacted by government and chosen by members for concerted study and action.”

Program planning is a member-centered multistep process.

Members recommend which issues to address, new studies to undertake and changes to LWV advocacy positions.

The program planning process begins in December or January. Groups of members discuss the important issues that the League should focus on in the next League year, which begins the next summer. Every year, members consider what the League should do at the local level. Every other year, they make recommendations for the state LWV. In the alternate years, they make recommendations for the national LWV. In program planning, members review the LWV’s advocacy positions, to decide how they can be used for action at the local government level, as well as in the Oregon Legislature or with the U.S. Congress. If new advocacy is needed, members may recommend an in-depth study of the issues. They can also recommend restudies of some issues, if our advocacy positions don’t fully address current problems.

The process ends in May or June, at the annual meeting of the local membership or the biennial convention of LWVOR or LWVUS. There, members vote on the proposals they developed earlier for the League at each level. By clicking on the links below, you can read about how this process will work in 2021 and how it worked in prior years.

Program Planning for 2021-2022

Read about the program-planning process for the 2021-2022 year here. We will be examining the compelling issues we expect to face next year. Then we will look at how we can address those issues.

Program Planning for 2020-2021

View more detailed information on 2020 Program Planning here. The program planning for 2020-21 was for the League of Women Voters of Portland and for the League of Women Voters of the United States.

Program Planning for 2019-2020

In 2019, Portland League members did program planning for our local League and for the League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR). The recommendations developed for the local LWVPDX 2019-20 Program may be read here.