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Civically Engaged Grads Policy Brief Writing Workshop

Modified: January 26, 2015

Monday, Feb 16, 12 pm – 2 pm, Annenberg G29

Do you want your research to be broadly accessibly outside of academia? In partnership with the Civically-Engaged Grads and the Center for Civic Engagement, the Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) of Evanston is hosting a policy-brief workshop for graduate students. This is a follow up workshop to last week's CEG meeting that discussed the importance of publishing academic results for the general public. In small groups, graduate students will share their basic research findings from a research paper or key facts from a literature review as the first stage in developing a two-page policy brief.

Graduate students from all disciplines with an interest in public policy are welcome to attend. Please note participants are under no obligation to complete the policy brief or become members of SSN. They welcome graduate students who may not have research ready for a brief but want to learn more about the process of writing and engaging the public more broadly. RSVP with any dietary restrictions to ceg@u.northwestern.edu

The Workshop Pre-Assignment:

  1. Decide which brief style you want to write (key findings or basic facts – if something else that’s OK too). Research a handful of policy briefs of that style on SSN’s webpage to become familiar with formatting.
  2. Come to the workshop having thought about and (preferably) written down:
    1. a few draft sentences about your findings or basic facts.
    2. a draft sentence or two about policy implications that may be relevant.
    3. a draft heading (that fits on one line).
  3. Bring your laptop or a notebook to the workshop.

SSN seeks to improve public policy by organizing scholars and connecting their research findings to policymakers, the media, and fellow citizens. Find out more at http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/

This event is supported, in part, through a Community Building Grant from The Graduate School.

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