Audience: Policy Makers

Policy makers are a common target audience for economics research. To get your research seen and understood by policy makers it's essential that you are first clear about what the key message of your research are for policy. Policy makers will be interested in things like how relevant your findings are to the specific situation that they face, whether your results depend crucially on some key assumptions and issues of practical concern. The more you think through these issues before you try to communicate your findings, the more impactful your communication will be.

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Advice for writing policy briefs

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UK Parliament: How to Write a Policy Brief

Official guidance from UK Parliament

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WikiHow: How to Write a Policy Brief

14 steps for writing a policy brief, with pictures!

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Partnership for Economic Policy: Guidelines for Writing a Policy Brief

More guidance on writing policy briefs

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RESYST: Guide to Writing Policy Briefs

Resilient and Responsive Health System's guide to writing policy briefs for research uptake

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IDRC: How to Write a Policy Brief

International Development Research Centre gives their advice

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Research to Action: How To plan, write and communicate an effective Policy Brief

It's not just what you say, it's how you say it

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University of North Carolina

This handout offers tips for writing effective policy briefs.

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UN: Food Security Communications Toolkit

How to communications strategically for your work to have a maximum impact

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More advice from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

How to write effective policy briefs

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