Advocacy Handbook CoverAdvocacy is a way to influence a decision that is favorable to you. For the ARVO community, advocacy is used primarily to increase eye and vision research funding. ARVO also monitors other policies that affect members and works with other advocates on better policies for the use of animals, stem cells and conflict-of-interest regulations. More information. The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) works on behalf of ARVO to advocate for funding for the National Institutes of Health and National Eye Institute in the United States. This handbook from ARVO and NAEVR is provided to members and others to help increase vision research funding worldwide. This publication presents potential advocacy activities and accompanying examples.