About Policy Briefs
An important objective of the DSA Ireland is to communicate and disseminate the research of members in an accessible way, to achieve impact on policy, practice and innovation. To achieve this objective, DSA Ireland are launching a policy brief series. We invite submissions from all members who have completed research that has implications for how Ireland addresses global issues of extreme poverty, justice and sustainability.
What is a policy brief?
A policy brief is a statement of a policy relevant issue, the policy options to deal with that issue and recommendations on what next steps should be taken. A policy brief is aimed at government policy makers and other stakeholders involved in making or influencing policy.
Policy briefs should be presented on one A4 sheet and contain a maximum of 1000 words.
The brief may include colour, graphics or photographs. Once accepted, the DSAI will publish the policy brief using a branded policy brief template. Language in the policy brief should be clear and accessible to a lay reader. It should include the following sections:
In addition, a policy brief may contain the following:
Title: The title should be short, less than 12 words and to the point.
Summary: The main points you want policymakers to take away from your brief
Recommendations: Should be clear, short and easy to understand. They should also be realistic. Highlight the feasibility of the recommendations and/or the conditions necessary for achieving them.
Introduction: What is the problem, why is it significant?
Main text: Simple, logical and relevant.
Reference to original research article
The policy brief should include a reference and link to the original research article on which the policy brief is based.
Please submit the policy brief for publication to firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission should include: author(s) details, acknowledgements, references, disclaimers or other publication information.
Publication & dissemination
DSA Ireland will: