r4d Skills How to write policy briefs webinars

Distilling lessons emerging from research evidence enables policy recommendation and advice as well as possibilities for dialogue. Formulating key messages from research projects is challenging but rewarding.

Start01.07.2019 22:00
End29.10.2019 23:00
VenueOnline webinar and coaching
Registration deadline01.07.2019

r4d Skills How to write policy briefs webinars

​One recognised tool for sharing results to non-academic stakeholders are policy briefs. These can be used to communicate project results, approaches and tools. The r4d programme encourages and supports r4d projects in their effort to share their findings with target groups in the policy domain.

For that purpose, the r4d programme launched a Call for policy briefs (PDF)on 1 April with two submission deadlines: 15 August and 15 December 2019.

To support potential applicants, the r4d programme offers a series of webinars on "how to write policy briefs". The webinars are designed to motivate and enable researchers to gain confidence and to enhance their writing skills in communicating effectively with non-academics. They take place on 2 and 3 July 2019 as well as on 29 and 30 October 2019. See also our r4d Skills How to write policy briefs flyer (PDF).

For preparation and guidance, the r4d Skills host and coach, Sarah Cummings, developed a short 4-pager Guideline for Policy Briefs (PDF)in the r4d programme policy brief format.

Please note that participation in the webinar includes a preparatory task , which you find on page 4 as well as here:

  1. Provide a draft working title of the policy brief (max. 80 characters including spaces).
  2. What is the anticipated relevance in the policy context, including links to existing policies and specific policy documents (3 sentences)?
  3. Provide information about the anticipated relevance of this policy brief in this specific policy context (2 sentences).
  4. Please describe the specific target groups in as much detail as possible incl. URLs of institutions/organisations/policy fora etc. and potential individuals from the target groups (3-5 sentences).
  5. Describe three infographics which you plan to use to illustrate your main points. These can be maps, graphs and other types of illustrations.
  6. Find one policy brief which you see as an example as the type of policy brief that you are planning to write. This can include examples from other policy briefs or from the ones included in the guideline.
  7. How are you planning to disseminate this policy brief? Please list three channels which you plan to use.

Please send your preparatory task to Sarah Cummings, sarahcummingswork@gmail.com External Link Icon, one week prior to the webinar you registered for.