Creating Policy Briefs

Politicians like clear-cut answers to questions of risk so as to generate a solid platform - a discourse of scientific certainty in assessing contaminants, exposure pathway and receptors on which to base a decision.

As such, policy briefs should focus on the:

  • problem and its context;
  • proposed goals and relevant sub-goals and indicators;
  • linkages between the proposed risk management and national policies (e.g, socio-economic development plan);
  • costs and resources that will be needed;
  • implications and benefits of the proposed risk management measures; and
  • specific decisions which need to be adopted, by whom (parliament acts, government decision, adoption or revision of policies; or rules/regulations by concerned agency).

Policy Brief Checklist

When providing advice to decision-makers (e.g, Ministers) some of the following questions may be considered:

  • Does the advice reflect the full range of risk issues discussed in the lead-up to the development of a policy-position?
  • Does the advice offer an evaluation of multiple perspectives of risk, including those provided by a wide range of sources of expertise and knowledge?
  • Does the advice communicate the outcome and what was learned and achieved through engagements with stakeholders and the public?
  • Is information provided concerning the legitimacy of proposed piece of advice and the sources of information guiding it?
Politicians like clear-cut answers to questions of risk
Source: Boa-sorte
Hatfield Consultants The World Bank funded by the Canadian POPs Trust Fund through the      
Canadian International Development Agency
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