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By Nyasha Musandu 16 July When writing a policy brief, there are many things one has to consider: The language has to be just right, not too technical but professional. The length has to be brief yet informative and most of all it needs to speak to a pre-identified and targeted audience.
The policy brief seeks to inform the decision maker of policy options that are evidence based, robust and will achieve the desired result in various scenarios.
With the creation of each policy brief we hope that maybe, just maybe, we will get the right policy maker to read our compelling arguments, experience a eureka moment and spearhead the process of creating sound and effective policies with our research as their sword.
Unfortunately, policy influence rarely happens in this manner.
Here are some simple things to consider to ensure that your recommendations are practical and actionable. Ensure that you have identified your target audience beforehand.
Understanding who your audience is and what their job entails is crucial. What is their sphere of influence and what change can they implement?
Be very clear about what the current policy you want to change is.
Identify the shortfalls of the current policy. Where is this policy failing, why and how can your recommendations improve the status quo? Be aware of how policies are made: If you are suggesting change ask yourself: What specifically needs to be changed?
How will this change come about? What resources will be needed? Where will these resources come from? What is the overall benefit to both the policy maker and society in general? If your recommendations include these components they are much more likely to garner the required change.
The word actionable suggests that your recommendations should be active.
Try using language that is active rather than passive.Revision Checklist for Feasibility and Recommendation Reports. As you reread and revise your feasibility or recommendation report, watch out for problems such as the following: Write a good introduction in which you indicate the situation and the audience and provide an overview of the contents.
In this assignment, you will write a policy recommendation in which you argue for a particular solution or approach to the problem described in your research paper.
|How to Write a Consulting Report | Pen and the Pad||What sections are typically included in a recommendation report? This section establishes reader expectations for what is to follow.|
This recommendation will: This recommendation will. CARDI()Stocktake ofAgeing Public Policy Initiatives in Ireland, North and South Harvey,B.() Working for Change:A guide to Influencing policy in Ireland,CombatPovertyAgency Knox,C.() PolicyAdvocacy in Northern Ireland,UniversityofUlster. Use preparation, excellent writing ability and attention to detail to create a thorough consulting report.
Create a title page. Type your name, the name of your company, the name of the report .
A recommendation report is a paper that compares two or more products or solutions, and makes a recommendation about which is the best option.
It includes seven parts: the introduction, background. Set the scene: Identify the shortfalls of the current policy.
Where is this policy failing, why and how can your recommendations improve the status quo? 4. Be aware of how policies are made: remember that government policy actors are interested in making decisions that are practical, cost-effective and socially acceptable.