These 3 modules are intended to help public health students & practicing professionals hone their writing & communication skills to effectively “translate” scientific evidence into public health policy & practice. The modules include video tutorials & interactive exercises.

Module 1 – Translating Public Health Research for use in Policy & Practice

This module addresses the importance of translating research for public health policy & practice, the factors that make this kind of communication difficult & ways to do it more effectively.

Module 2 – Writing Policy Briefs

This module provides guidance & tools for writing policy briefs that engage stakeholders & convey the implications of scientific evidence for policy & practice. Writing effective policy, issue & research briefs requires a specific set of communication skills. This module is intended to help public health students & practicing professionals to:

– understand the basic elements of a policy brief,
– identify the information needs of different audiences,
– synthesize data to convey policy implications,
– craft concise language &
– organize information effectively.

Module 3 – Writing Briefing Memos

This module provides guidance on writing effective briefing memos. Like policy briefs, briefing memos inform decision-making by providing background, breaking down a complex problem & identifying the implications of new information. This module is intended to help public health students & practicing professionals to craft effective briefing memos by:

– clarifying the aim,
– understanding the context,
– presenting a logical sequence of information,
– using clear visual cues &
– streamlining text.

Resources on Writing

Resources on Communication with Data: