WaterLeadership: Write a policy brief: Tips from the Experts

Thursday, February 24, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

As part of the Water Institute's WaterLeadership training series, the Water Institute, presents, "Write a policy brief: Tips from the Experts” with Nancy Goucher, Knowledge Mobilization Specialist with the Water Institute.

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One of the most commonly utilized tools for policymakers is the briefing note - a short document that summarizes an issue and makes recommendations for next steps. It is often used to articulate how scientific research can be applied to policy to resolve a particular challenge. Briefing notes are used frequently in government but also consulting agencies, non-for-profit organizations, and private business among other organizations. Learning how to write a concise, strategic briefing note can be helpful to researchers in articulating the applicability of their science but also throughout your career.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn the difference between a briefing note and policy brief
  • Provide tips on effectively communicating complex scientific issues to policymakers
  • Learn how policy briefs are used by organizations outside of academia
  • How policy briefs and briefing notes can be used effective science communication tools for researchers
  • Learn how to structure these documents in a way that is clear and concise

Guest speaker:

  • Nancy Goucher, Knowledge Mobilization Specialist with the Water Institute

Who should take this training:

Researchers and faculty who are looking for a concise way of articulating how science can be utilized outside of academia; as well as those interested in learning this skills for use in a non-academic career.


Registration is required. Please register here using your @uwaterloo.ca email address. Note that the WaterLeadership Online Training Course is only open to University of Waterloo students, faculty and staff.

Visit the WaterLeadership webpage for a full schedule of modules.

The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying or working at Waterloo. If you have questions concerning access or wish to request accommodations for this event, please contact Julie Grant (j26grant@uwaterloo.ca) 

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