No policy analysis has utility until it is communicated to the person who can make a decision. Such communications may come in the form of memoranda or briefings. An analyst must be skilled in making written and oral arguments. In this Section, the Learner will have the opportunity to demonstrate a mastery of the course material in two signature assignments, the preparation of a memorandum recommending a course of action and of a briefing to accompany the memorandum.
Dunn, W. (2012): Chapter 9, 10
Creating a Briefing
In today’s fast-paced world of decision making in government, a briefing of the key elements of a policy recommendation is critical. At times, a briefing may seem even more important than the detailed paper. You will be given an opportunity to prepare a PowerPoint presentation for a briefing about the policy used for your written recommendation in the previous activity.
Incorporate appropriate animations, transitions, and graphics as well as “speaker notes” for each slide. The speaker notes may be comprised of brief paragraphs or bulleted lists.
Length: 12 slides (with a separate reference slide)
Notes Length: 150-200 words for each slide
Be sure to include citations for quotations and paraphrases with references in APA format and style.
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