During the past decade, the policy brief has been growing in popularity as a tool as a tool for summarizing and communicating research evidence with policy makers. But the term “policy brief” (or other equivalent terms) is used to designate documents with various kinds of contents and formats, which can be confusing.
The aim of this document is to guide knowledge producers (researchers, scientific advisors or analysts, consultants, etc.) through the writing of an evidence-informed policy brief intended for policy makers.
Based on a literature review, this document describes the characteristics of the policy brief, its components and the elements to consider when writing one in order to maximize its potential. It also provides a selection of writing guides to help readers find resources adapted to their specific needs.