Guideline: How to write policy briefs
Policy briefs represent a powerful way in which researchers can disseminate their research findings, approaches and tools to stakeholders from policy and practice. This short guide provides advice for writing policy briefs, some best practices and links to additional sources.
- A policy brief presents findings and recommendations from a research project to a predefined policy audience.
- Short, attractive texts (less than 1500 words or 4 pages) written in jargon free, clear language, accessible to non-specialist audiences.
- Focus on one specific, topical issue and provide balanced policy advice or advocacy, based on new evidence and insights.
- Infographics can provide supporting facts which convince the reader while maps can also provide background on location and context.
- An interesting title catches attention while also including key words most relevant to the topic.
- Links to sources and evidence.
Consultant and researcher, Knowledge Ecologist, the Netherlands
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PDF: r4d Policy Brief Guideline