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"How to" write a briefing paper for a class assignment.

"How to" write a briefing paper for a class assignment.

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    • How to write a briefing paper and impress your manager!
    • What is a briefing paper?
        • A summary of facts about an issue and often includes a suggested course of action. 
        • A precise statement or set of instructions intended to inform another individual.
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    • Characteristics of a briefing paper
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        • they are short and succinct. 
        • usually written in outline format, 
        • will seldom exceed two pages in length.
    • Uses of a briefing paper
        • a summary of an issue, 
        • explain a situation that needs correcting, 
        • identify any financial implications, 
        • and recommend a course of action including arguments for and against the suggested action.
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    • Components of a typical briefing paper:
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        • Name
        • Date
        • Subject
        • Background
        • Analysis
        • Cautionary Notes
        • Contact
    • Components explained
      • Name • a note to identify who the briefing paper is intended for Date • the date of preparation of the briefing paper
      • Subject • the topic or issue of the briefing paper
    • More components
      • Background • provides a summary of past and/or current events that provide a context for the topic or issue, including any policies or past practices
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    • Even more components
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      • Analysis • identify significant aspects of the topic or issue • identify the options or courses of action that should be considered, including details about the advantages and disadvantages of each • identify actions currently taken or recommended to address the issue
    • Last components
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      • Cautionary Notes • identify any sensitive aspects of the topic or issue that may affect a person or an organization in a negative way Contact • the name and contact information of the writer of the briefing paper
    • Sample briefing papers
      • http://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/publications/briefing_papers