New California Policy Lab

UCLA CTSI's Community Engagement and Research Program (CERP) now offers a free video, Policy Briefs 101, and a quick-reference handout, to guide you in disseminating your work and translating your project or research findings into policy briefs. The training material is designed for community-partnered researchers and community-based organizations and anyone interested in improving the policy impact of their work. 

Key points include:

  • Plan for 6-8 weeks for writing/editing
  • Obtain diverse feedback (from staff, faculty, and stakeholders)
  • For dissemination, think outside the box about the audience -- consider ethnic media, local news sources, reporters interested in the topic, community-based organizations interested in this field, giving lay language presentations to communities/organizations
  • Good graphic design takes time, deadlines can prove useful
  • Promote accessibility in reports, lay communications, and manuscripts
  • Avoid lingo

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