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Odi natural resource perspectives
ODI Natural Resource Perspectives

  • Published by ODI, London

  • Since 1994

  • Focus on natural resources management

  • “Present accessible information on current development issues and are sent to a wide audience of policy makers, researchers and people working in the non-governmental sector.”

  • www.odi.org.uk/nrp/


Elements of written communication
Elements of written communication

  • Structure

    • How the information is organized

  • Design

    • How it is presented

  • Content

    • What it says


Structure

Masthead

Title

Authors

Summary

Policy recommendations

Background

Sponsor

Publisher

Structure


Header

Case box

Heading

Text (“body”)


Case box

Subheading

Graphic


Conclusions

References

Author info

Publisher & series info

Endnotes


Design

2 colours

A4 size (actually, A3 folded)

Clear headings

Pull quote

Boxes

2 columns

Attractive format

4 pages

Design


Content

Catchy title: grabs attention

Short summary of contents: what the reader can expect to learn

Policy recommendations: if they read only this, they will have got the message!

Short, easy-to-read text: don’t make the readers work to understand what you are saying

Content


Old vs new

Old

New

Old vs new


Components of a policy brief
Components of a policy brief

  • Title

  • Executive summary

  • Context and importance of the problem

  • Critique of policy option(s)

  • Policy recommendations

  • Appendices

  • Sources consulted or recommended

  • Title

  • Statement of the issue

  • Context and background

  • Options: pros and cons

  • Resources used

  • Title

  • Executive summary

  • Statement of the issue/problem

  • Background

  • Statement of your organization’s interests in the issue

  • Pre-existing policies 

  • Policy options 

  • Advantages and disadvantages of each policy option

  • Your recommendation

  • Sources consulted or recommended


Anatomy of an nrp brief
Anatomy of an NRP brief

  • Title

  • Authors

  • Summary

  • Recommendations

  • Background

  • Body

  • Evidence

  • Examples (boxes)

  • Tables and graphics

  • Conclusions

  • References

  • Supporting information

  • Acknowledgements


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