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How to produce a policy brief

By 29 September 2014

Policy briefs are useful influencing tools for think tanks and research institutions. Along with other short items, such as blogs and newspaper articles, they may be the only items from your organisation that busy policymakers will read.

This quick guide, developed as part of the Think Tank Initiative’s Policy Engagement and Communications Program, is aimed at researchers and communications staff who are planning policy briefs for the first time, or want to review their approach. It sets out a tried and tested approach and suggested structure for policy briefs.

Title: How to produce a policy brief Author: Sue Martin Year: 2014


This post has been produced as part of the Think Tank Initiative’s Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) programme. However, these are the author’s personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect those of TTI. You can find all ongoing outputs related to this project via the PEC mini-site on Research to Action. To get updates from the PEC programme and be part of the discussion sign-up to our RSS or email updates. You can also follow our progress via Twitter using the following hashtag #ttipec.

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  • Sarah

    Is there a link to the quick guide? I can’t seem to find it in the post. Many thanks.

    • Henna

      Link is now available – apologies for that.

  • Michelle Laurie

    I am also interested in the link please.

    • henna

      Link is now available – apologies for that

  • J Barr

    link seems to be corrupt, I would really like to see the document. thanks

  • Nyasha Vuta

    Dear All, try to click on the “How to produce a policy brief” title in the post at the bottom of the page
    where the Title, Author and Year of this publication are cited. A pdf file should download automatically. Hope this is helpful