A policy brief contains politically neutral recommendations on a topic, aimed at decision-makers and compiled by knowledgeable researchers and packaged in an easily accessible format.
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What is a policy brief?
- Policy briefs present scientifically substantiated recommendations on policy-relevant issues important to societal development. A policy brief is not a fact sheet (it contains recommendations), but neither is it an op-ed (it does not contain personal opinions).
- Decision-makers at all levels appreciate both the short format and the fact that conclusions have already been drawn based on current research.
- Policy briefs are easily accessible and highlight research findings presented in longer reports and scientific articles.
- 4 A4 pages, created using the template.
- The title should be short, concise, reflect the subject and call for action.
- The preamble should summarise the content, 300–400 characters including spaces.
- The policy brief usually contains 3-5 recommendations, but there may be more. They are based on the current situation and can be updated in a later edition. Several different decisions can be proposed. About 1000 characters including spaces.
- The main text begins with a brief introduction to the subject at a popular-science level. This is followed by sections where each of the recommendations is explained in more detail. About 10,000 characters including spaces.
- The reference list is important to show that the recommendations are scientifically sound.
- The policy brief contains a list of the researchers behind the content and contact information for at least one of them, as well as for the department/division they belong to.
- Images, and possibly information graphics, should reflect the content and be visually appealing.