Policy Brief Assignment
Take on the role of an environmental policy analyst and write a 2 page policy brief based on the deforestation issue portrayed below.
“A policy brief is an advocacy and policy-making tool which communicates information to policy-makers and advocates for a certain course of action. Persuasive, evidence-based, and structured writing of this type represents one of the most powerful ways of contributing to policy debates and influencing the policy-making process.”
Typical Characteristics of a Policy Brief
- focused, succinct & limited
problem & policy-oriented
- understandable, practical & feasible
- offers viable recommendations
- appealing layout
Your policy brief should include the following components:
- executive summary
- introduction (context and importance of the issue
- approach and results (critique of the policy options)
- implications and recommendations
Be creative and feel free to “invent” information to lend credibility to the brief, and to cite your sources. Remember to submit in MS Word. My expectation is a well written policy brief.
Be sure to review the sample policy briefs in the appropriate folder under the Resources area, and to review the two documents on writing a policy brief.
Base your policy brief on these two particular deforestation issues occurring in different parts of the world: