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Policy Brief Assignment

Guidelines for Writing

The policy brief is a document which outlines the rationale for choosing a particular course of action in a current policy debate. It requires succinct consideration of policy options for a particular audience (e.g., officials, bureaucrats, politicians, development practitioners, donors).  The purpose of a policy brief is to convince the target audience of the urgency of the current problem and to serve as an impetus for action.  This means that the format will also be different from the typical research paper.  

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Carol Wittig
FYS and SPCS KM - ENG Instructor
Rm. 179, Research & Collaborative Area
Boatwright Library
University of Richmond
261 Richmond Way
Richmond, VA 23173
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