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POLI 212 - Introduction to Public Policy: Policy Briefs


Students in POLI 212 will write three original policy briefs for the course.

Policy Briefs

The three policy briefs should each identify a problem that has not been adequately addressed or resolved by the government. Each brief should contain:

  1. An executive summary
  2. A section framing the problem
  3. A review of the relevant background information
  4. An analysis of existing policy responses
  5. A recommendation for a particular course of action

The length of each brief should be 4-6 pages, single-spaced, with normal margins (meaning no more than 1 inch of white space between the text and the edge of the paper)

Keep in mind...

Some questions to keep in mind as you do your research.

  • What problem will your brief address?
  • Why is it a problem?
  • What background information does your audience need to understand the problem?
  • What data are most important to include for your readers?
  • What policy recommendations will you make?
  • Are my policy recommendations feasible? Why or why not?

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