Badgers are brilliant communicators. They use sixteen distinct types of call, including the churr, the purr, the squeak and the yelp. And when it’s appropriate for their aims and their audience they use policy briefings to get their message across.
Tips for writing better policy briefings
In this short animation from Research to Action, a wise badger shares her advice for writing policy briefs:
The video was made as part of Research to Action’s Policy Brief Week in October 2014. Here are their tips for writing effective policy briefings:
- Know your audience and tailor your message
- Make sure your evidence is credible and robust
- Make your message clear and sharp
- Remember to be relevant, practical and inspiring
- Prepare to communicate your research
Policy brief writing resources
There are plenty more resources on their website, I think these are two of the best:
- How to plan, write and communicate an effective policy brief – three steps to success (PDF)
- How to write actionable policy recommendations
Here are a few more from other places:
- How to write a policy briefing A short sharp list of practical tips from KnowHow NonProfit.
- Writing effective reports: Preparing policy briefs (PDF) Part of a bigger resource about writing reports, this guidance from the Food and Agricultural Organization is clearly laid out with a useful list of example policy briefs.
- Writing Policy Briefs: A Guide to Translating Science and Engaging Stakeholders This is a fantastic resource from the Women’s and Children’s Health Policy Center which includes a video lecture, exercises, examples and writing resources.
And if you’re interested in the why of writing policy briefings as well as the how, this background note (PDF) from the Overseas Development Institute goes a little more in-depth.
I hope you find this post useful. If your policy briefings need a polish but you’re not lucky enough to have an in-house badger, just drop me a line.