2024 Policy Brief Writing Workshop

Virtual Option:

Wednesday, June 26, 2024
11:00am-12:30pm Central/Minneapolis Time
Event will be held virtually via Zoom

On-Site Option:

Saturday, November 23, 2024
8:30am-10:00am Central/Minneapolis Time
The event will be held in person in Minneapolis during the ASHE General Conference.

Presented by:

Scholars Strategy Network Logo

ASHE has partnered with the Scholars Strategy Network since 2021 to offer a series of professional development events. The Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) is a national membership organization made up of college- and university-based researchers interested in improving policy and strengthening democracy. Founded in 2011 by Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, SSN has grown into a network of over 1800 researchers in 47 states. SSN members organize themselves into local chapters across the United States, working to advance the use of research wherever policy decisions are made - from city halls to state legislatures to Washington.

This is one of five events offered in this partnership series in 2024:

  • Policy Brief Writing Workshop - Virtual, April 3 (only available to registrations of the Graduate Student Policy Seminar)
  • Policy Brief Writing Workshop - Virtual, June 26 (This event page, see below)
  • Media Interviewing Workshop - Virtual, September 19
  • Op-Ed Writing Workshop - Minneapolis during the ASHE General Conference, November 21
  • Policy Brief Writing Workshop - Minneapolis during the ASHE General Conference, November 21 (This event page, see below)


Workshop Information

The Policy Brief Writing Workshop, presented by the Scholars Strategy Network, provides scholars an introduction to effective strategies to ensure their findings and perspectives inform policy. Attendees will learn how to write compelling and jargon-free policy briefs, receiving guidance through each step of the policy brief drafting process as they actively shape their idea into a first draft. The workshop includes practical information on how to distribute your policy brief for maximum impact.

Who should attend

  • All researchers who are interested in honing strategies for engaging in the policy making process should attend. Scholars from any career stage, including graduate students, are encouraged to attend. 

Learning/Program Outcomes

Attendees of the Policy Brief Writing Workshop will:

  1. Learn how policy briefs are used, the best practices for writing one, and common mistakes to avoid
  2. Develop an outline of a policy brief and receive feedback on it

Registration

Registration fees for each event (virtual and on-site) are:

  • $25 for current ASHE Student Members
  • $35 all other current ASHE Members
  • $50 per workshop for Non-Members

Virtual June Option:

  • Registration Close and Payment Deadline: June 19 at Noon Central/Minneapolis Time. Due to planning processes, we are unable to accept late registrants for this event.
  • Workshops will be hosted through Zoom and will not be recorded.
  • Learn more about accessibility for this event at ashe.ws/accessibility_prodevevents
  • During registration, participants will agree to the ASHE Events Code of Conduct and provide information about accommodation requests.
  • All ASHE Professional Development events encourage participants to engage throughout the event in various ways. To provide an environment that is conducive to learning and engagement and to provide a safe space (to the extent possible), Professional Development events are not recorded.
  • To complete the registration form, you will need your ASHE log-in information. If you do not have an ASHE log-in already (as a current or expired member or Guest account), you can create a free guest account or process payment for membership at ashe.ws/membership that will then allow you to login and register for this event.

On-Site November Option:

  • Registration Close and Payment Deadline: November 1 at Noon Central/Minneapolis Time. Due to planning processes, we are unable to accept late registrants for this event.
  • This event will be held on-site in Minneapolis during the ASHE 2024 Annual Conference.
  • During registration, participants will agree to the ASHE Events Code of Conduct and provide information about accommodation requests.
  • All ASHE Professional Development events encourage participants to engage throughout the event in various ways. To provide an environment that is conducive to learning and engagement and to provide a safe space (to the extent possible), Professional Development events are not recorded.
  • To complete the registration form, you will need your ASHE log-in information. If you do not have an ASHE log-in already (as a current or expired member or Guest account), you can create a free guest account or process payment for membership at ashe.ws/membership that will then allow you to login and register for this event.