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Gaceta Sanitaria

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FELT, Emily; CARRASCO, José Miguel  and  VIVES-CASES, Carmen. Methodology for the development of policy brief in public health. Gac Sanit [online]. 2018, vol.32, n.4, pp.390-392. ISSN 0213-9111.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2017.10.014.

A policy brief is a document that summarizes research to inform policy. In a brief and succinct way, it defines a policy problem, presents a synthesis of relevant evidence, identifies possible courses of action and makes recommendations or key points. The objective of this note is to describe the methodology used to produce a policy brief for communicating public health research. This note is based on the model presented by Eugene Bardach in addition to the authors’ own experiences. We describe six steps: 1) identifying the audience; 2) defining the problem; 3) gathering information and evidence; 4) consideration of policy alternatives; 5) projecting results and designing recommendations; and 6) telling the story. We make a case for the use of policy briefs as a part of an overall communications strategy for research that aims to bring together research teams and stakeholders.

Keywords : Methods; Policy brief; Public health; Health advocacy; Policies.

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