How to write a briefing paper and impress your manager!
What is a briefing paper? <ul><ul><li>A summary of facts about an issue and often includes a suggested course of action.  ...
Characteristics of a briefing paper <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>they are short and succinct.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Uses of a briefing paper <ul><ul><li>a summary of an issue,  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>explain a situation that needs cor...
Components of a typical briefing paper: <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date </li></ul></u...
Components explained <ul><li>Name • a note to identify who the briefing paper is intended for Date • the date of preparati...
More components <ul><li>Background • provides a summary of past and/or current events that provide a context for the topic...
Even more components <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis • identify significant aspects of the topic or issue • identify ...
Last components <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Cautionary Notes • identify any sensitive aspects of the topic or issue that m...
Sample briefing papers <ul><li>http://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/publications/briefing_papers </li></ul>
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Briefing papers

  1. 1. How to write a briefing paper and impress your manager!
  2. 2. What is a briefing paper? <ul><ul><li>A summary of facts about an issue and often includes a suggested course of action.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A precise statement or set of instructions intended to inform another individual. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  3. 3. Characteristics of a briefing paper <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>they are short and succinct.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>usually written in outline format,  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>will seldom exceed two pages in length. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Uses of a briefing paper <ul><ul><li>a summary of an issue,  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>explain a situation that needs correcting,  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>identify any financial implications,  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and recommend a course of action including arguments for and against the suggested action. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  5. 5. Components of a typical briefing paper: <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cautionary Notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Components explained <ul><li>Name • a note to identify who the briefing paper is intended for Date • the date of preparation of the briefing paper </li></ul><ul><li>Subject • the topic or issue of the briefing paper </li></ul>
  7. 7. More components <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  8. 8. Even more components <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Last components <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sample briefing papers <ul><li>http://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/publications/briefing_papers </li></ul>
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