Policy Brief

Process
1. Based on materials and organisations that we have been considering, or from your own
interest, identify a topic of recent significance. In addition to the readings and learning
materials in the unit, external organisation websites and broader news outlets are useful
places to start.
2. Begin to gather materials. As you read, write down initial thoughts, feelings, or connections
to the themes in EDUF3026. Why is this issue significant now? Has it appeared in the
news, or as an issue of concern elsewhere, previously? If it is an ongoing issue, what has
changed to make it more significant, or of renewed interest, recently?
3. Consider the various possible perspectives about your selected topic/policy area. Consider
the actors and voices representing the issue; what and who they privilege, and in which
political spaces is the chosen policy topic predominantly located (NGO, government,
organization, or some combination).
4. Conduct some additional research, using academic sources, government releases,
supporting documents, media reports, and other resources to explore the supporting and
detracting arguments relating to the policy/topic. Some sources may include existing
analyses of your topic, and it is important to draw/build on them, but do not copy or
summarise their work.
5. Using the research you have done, write a 2-4 page (1500-word) critical profile, or ‘brief’,
about the policy issue which:
a. Demonstrates an understanding of the social/historical/political contexts in which the
issue emerged and is situated;
b. Identifies the current significance, problem, and/or recent developments relating to
the issue;

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c. Critically analyses and assesses the issue in relation to at least 1-2 points of
difference and/or inequity in education and international development (i.e., please
focus on 1-2 key areas, such as, for example, gender or literacy);
d. Uses evidence from relevant professional literature, media, and peer-reviewed
articles, to support articulation and analysis of the issue; and
e. Uses relevant theories/concepts/issues/debates in the analysis.
The broader aim is to succinctly show your understanding of the issue or topic itself, of
policy actors and processes, and potential consequences, through critical analysis and
thinking, and clear writing.
6. By 11:59pm on 18 October, 2019, submit your paper of 1500 words (+/-10%) through
Turnitin on Canvas, and include on the first page the Student IDs (SIDs), the name of the
course, the name of your tutorial leader, and the day and time of your tutorial.
7. Please name the electronic file in the following manner:
Tutor Surname–Tutorial Day–Tutorial Time—(SID)
For example: Labib–Tuesday–9am–(3726823)
Formatting
1. Please include a creative and meaningful title that indicates to the reader the focus of your
analysis (i.e., do not merely name it 'Policy Brief').
2. Introduce the paper by describing the focus of your analysis and the main point(s) you are
making in your brief.
3. Include a number of clearly headed sub-sections, which succinctly convey and develop
your analysis of the issues. Then, provide evidence/support for this assessment through the
use of relevant resources (i.e., citations and quotes from the policy itself, other associated
documents, academic articles, etc.).
As noted above, these should include:
a. Clear description of the policy issue
b. Explanation of why the issue is significant
c. Some context about the issue (economic, historical, political)
d. Multiple perspectives on the issue
e. Possible consequences or implications related to the policy issue
4. Conclude the paper with a clear statement that highlights the key points of your analysis,
and raises further questions for future policies and/or analysis of the issue.
5. Utilise in-text referencing throughout the brief, and include a reference list in APA form
either at the end of the policy brief or as footnotes. See APA formatting guide through the
University of Sydney Library page or Purdue Owl Online. Cite a minimum of 5 sources to
pass the assessment.

 

 

 

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