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Writing for policymakers

7-8 April 2022 | Skills Training

Policymakers, editors and business leaders tend to be pressed for time and receive too much information. Researchers who want their arguments to influence policy must learn how to communicate key messages as clearly as possible. The seminar will cover writing concise and accessible texts. Participants will learn how to structure an argument and formulate recommendations. They will gain an understanding of different publication formats and develop publications strategies to maximise impact and reach the right audiences.

This is a hands-on class. Participants will develop a style guide and practice how to recognise and avoid jargon. They will learn how to structure policy briefs and write their own op-eds, as well as how to pitch to a news outlet. By the end of the workshop, participants will have gained a better understanding of the cultural gap between policymakers and researchers and the challenges facing researchers who strive for both impact and integrity.

This seminar is offered in the open enrolment programme and as part of the Executive MPA programme.