Policy brief letter instructions:
A policy brief is used to convince the target audience of the urgency of the current problem or policy concern and present the need to adopt the preferred alternative or course of action outlined. It is commonly produced in response to a request directly from a decision-maker (legislator) or within an organization that intends to advocate for the position detailed in the brief.
Efficient policy briefs include several common features. Those features include:
- The brief is focused. All aspects discussed are focused on achieving the intended audience to take the requested action.
- The brief is professional and not academic. The usual audience is not interested in research or analysis conducted to produce the evidence. Rather they are interested in knowing the writer’s perspective on the problem and potential solutions, based on NEW and convincing evidence. Policy brief letter
- The brief should be evidence-based. The policy brief serves as a communication tool produced by someone with a vested interest in the policy (stakeholder), therefore the target audience will only be convinced by arguments that are supported by evidence.
- The brief should also be concise. One page documents are the ones most likely to be read by busy lawmakers and their legislative teams.
The format of the brief should be written as a one-page single spaced document. It does not need to include a title page, running header, or abstract. However, all references in-text and the reference list MUST be in APA format. Policy brief letter
The policy brief should include the following components:
- An interesting title to attract the attention of the reader.
- A clear and concise statement of the problem or issue.
- A short overview of the root causes of the problem or issue.
- One to two recommendations with a least two rationales with supporting evidence to validate the recommendations made. Evidence should come from scholarly journals, not textbooks or organization web sites. Three scholarly journal articles are required to be used.
- Finally, the conclusion with a summary of the action the brief is requesting.
In addition make sure: The policy brief should be 1 page, single-spaced, and Times New Roman 12 pt font. Do not use headers (I know the example provides headers); however, there are only four components to this. Please be clear regarding the statement of the problem, ensure you address the root causes, and be clear regarding your recommendations. It also includes a conclusion. Policy brief letter
Do not include a title page, running head, or abstract.
The title of the policy brief should be centered. The title does not need to be in bold font.
The policy brief should be focused and precise and hit all components.
Do not use the first person.
Be sure to use evidence-based references to support your policy brief. It is essential to use supporting evidence when presenting a problem or concern.
Three scholarly journal articles are required. Policy brief letter