The SURE Guides
About the SURE Guides
SURE Guides map
Quick Start Guide
Introduction to the SURE Guides
1. Getting started
What is a policy brief?
What should be included in a policy brief?
How can policy briefs be used?
First steps and the policy brief writing team
Building capacity to prepare and support the use of policy briefs
Responding rapidly to requests for research evidence
2. Prioritising topics for policy briefs
Which topics will be considered?
Which criteria will be used to set priorities?
Who will participate in setting the priorties?
What process will be used to set the priorities?
3. Clarifying the problem
What is the problem and how did it come to attention?
How has the problem been framed (described) and what are the consequences of this framing?
How big is the problem?
What is the cause of the problem?
4. Deciding on and describing options
What policy options should be presented?
What is known about the impacts of the different policy options?
How confident can we be about the likely impacts of each of the options?
How should information about the potential impacts of the different policy options be summarised?
5. Identifying and addressing barriers to implementing policy options
What barriers are there for implementing each policy option?
What strategies are available to address important barriers?
What is known about the effects of relevant implementation strategies?
How should information about barriers and the likely effects of strategies for addressing them be summarised?
6. Monitoring and evaluation
Are there important uncertainties that should be addressed prior to making a decision?
What should potentially be monitored and how?
What should potentially be evaluated and how?
7. Organising and running policy dialogues
What are the objectives of the policy dialogue?
Who will participate in the dialogue?
How will the dialogue be organised?
What needs to be done following the policy dialogue?
8. Informing and engaging stakeholders
Which stakeholder groups should be informed and engaged in the preparation and use of a policy brief?
What contextual factors might affect efforts to engage stakeholders?
How will different stakeholder groups be engaged in the preparation and use of a policy brief?
What difference will informing and engaging stakeholders make and how will this be evaluated?
A form for evaluating the guides
Pdf files of the Contents and each of the guides
Appendices from the guides
Checklists and worksheets referred to in the guides
Examples of policy briefs
Other examples used in the guides
Audio and video recordings
The SUPPORT Tools for Evidence-informed Policymaking
Teaching resources (workshop materials and Powerpoint presentations)