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Kyle Jenkins


Boatwright Library, Room #183

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Richmond, VA 23173

SOC 320: Race, Class and Schooling (Richards)

Policy Brief Assignment

Guidelines for Writing a Policy Brief

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.  (Dr. Richards, Guidelines for Writing Policy Brief, SOC 320)

Policy Research Resources

SOC 320 Library Presentation and Key Documents