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Anatomy of a policy brief. ODI Natural Resource Perspectives. Published by ODI, London Since 1994 Focus on natural resources management

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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
slide5

Header

Case box

Heading

Text (“body”)

slide6

Case box

Subheading

Graphic

slide7

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
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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