Writing Public Policy
Describe the problem. In Chapter 3, Smith breaks this down into four tasks. (Pages 38 through 41.) These cover the conditions that give rise to the policy problem, the specific policy issues, and the positions that might be taken, and then putting that all into a written document. Smith gives five examples of what this work could be like. After reading your description of the problem, your client should understand the nature of the underlying health issue, the policy implications and the possible positions that they might need to take. You will notice that Smith leaves open the question of whether you are going to make recommendations in this section. I suggest you not do so.
This work should be no more than 600 words in length you will need to have identified a “client.” This is the person or organization for whom you are writing this policy brief. What does your client need to know about this particular problem? How is this information relevant to your client, given their position and their policy agenda? Writing in public policy is not just “here is what I found out about a subject.” It is focused to help your client: “Here is what is important for you to know about this policy problem that you may well have to address