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POLICY BRIEF TEMPLATE

                      POLICY BRIEF TEMPLATE

                        No more than 2-4 pages, 1500 words

Preparation

 

  • Audience research –who am I writing for and why
  • Decide on key message and approach
  • Do a SWOT analysis – what are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats surrounding the research issue.

 

Executive Summary

 

·        A one or two sentence overview of the brief that entices readers to go further

 

 
Introduction

 

·        Answer the question why is the topic important, why should people care

·        Answer the question what were the goals of the research and overall findings

·        Create curiosity about the rest of the brief

 

 
Approaches and Results

 

·        Summarize facts, issues and context

·        Reduce detail to only what reader needs to know

·        Provide concrete facts or examples to support assertions

 

 
Conclusion

 

  • Base conclusions on results
  • Aim for concrete conclusions and strong assertions.

 

 
Implications and Recommendations

 

  • State clearly what could or should happen next.