Writing Policy Briefs for Policy Makers

26 May 2023

To book your place on this seminar, or for details of discounts for group bookings, please email David Leakey on [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.


This highly practical event is designed to help you to develop your skills and confidence in writing briefings for senior officials and political decision-takers. 

We will explore the policy context of briefing, examine a range of structures/templates for different type of briefs, and introduce a framework for writing policy briefs. The session will comprise a mix of guidance, discussion and practical exercises.

Who is the seminar designed for?

The seminar is designed for policy-makers who need to learn or to improve their skills in the field of writing briefings. There are a number of important factors to take into account when you engage in this aspect of the policy-making process, and this course is designed to help you to carry out this role confidently and effectively.

How will you benefit from attending?

You will learn a structured approach to take to this important activity, which will help you to perform this aspect of your role more effectively

Learning outcomes:
You will

  • Understand the needs of your various audiences and be able to plan and produce concise, clear and useful briefs for them;
  • Recognise the components of an effective brief and how to structure it;
  • Be able to choose what to include in a brief – and what to leave out – to ensure focus and impact;
  • Feel more confident in your ability to write a policy brief;
  • Learn from the experiences of others on the event.  

Times on the Agenda are in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
Start time in EST (Eastern Standard Time): 08:00. Finish time 12:00
Start time in British Summer Time: 13:00. Finish time 17:00

12:00 Welcome and Introductions


Policy briefings: sharing understanding of the context

A framework for planning, writing and editing written briefs

Writing meetings briefs and information briefs

Breakout exercise: writing a brief


Writing for decisions

Breakout exercise: writing a decision brief

Review of the workshop

16:00 Close

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  • We’re here to enable you to perform better!

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  • All former practitioners, now professional trainers, our L&D team have provided open and bespoke solutions for more than 100,000 public servants from 120 countries

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The price of attending this half-day Virtual Training Seminar is:
CAD 665 per person
EUR 465 per person
GBP 400 per person
USD 500 per person

Please contact us for details of discounts for group bookings, or to arrange a conversation with a member of our training team to discuss in-house delivery options, including tailoring the day’s training to your specific needs.
You can email David Leakey on [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.