In today’s fast-paced world, effective communication of complex ideas is paramount, particularly in the realms of policy and public discourse. Policy briefs and issue briefs serve as invaluable tools for succinctly conveying critical information, analyses, and recommendations to policymakers, stakeholders and the public. Understanding how to craft these documents with precision and clarity is essential for anyone involved in advocacy, policymaking or research. 
The 6-hour bootcamp on writing Policy Briefs and Issue Briefs aims to equip participants with the necessary skills to navigate this specialised form of communication, enabling them to make compelling arguments, influence decision-makers and drive positive change.
Whether you are an aspiring policymaker, advocate, researcher, or communicator, mastering the art of writing policy and issue briefs is a crucial skill set that will empower you to shape conversations and drive meaningful policy outcomes effectively.


What you will learn from this course

  • Hone your ability to identify key policy issues.
  • Learn to analyse relevant data and evidence.
  • Articulate coherent arguments and recommendations. 
  • Gain proficiency in tailoring your messaging to diverse audiences, ensuring maximum impact and engagement.

The course will be beneficial for –

  • Students pursuing graduation or postgraduation in public policy, political science, economics, social sciences or any other relevant field.
  • Graduates and postgraduates in public policy, political science, economics, social sciences or any other relevant field.
  • Public policy researchers or academicians pursuing an MPhil or PhD in public policy or any other relevant field.
  • Working professionals and academicians interested in public policy or research, or who want to enter policy research.

Course Outline



Time & Date

  • Introduction to public policy and the role of policy communication and policy briefs
  • Identification of problems: Generating evidence 
July 6th, 2024

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Understanding policy contexts 
  • Identifying and stating recommendations in policy briefs 
July 6th, 2024

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

  • Policy advocacy 
  • How to conduct effective policy communication through issue and policy briefs
  • Steps in drafting a brief
July 7th, 2024

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Meenuka Mathew

Meenuka Mathew is a Senior Research Fellow at the Jindal School of Government & Public Policy (JSGP). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities from Aquinas University, Colombo, Sri Lanka and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), India. Her research focuses on refugee economies, transnational migrants, Public Health, and Policy Design Evaluation and Communication. She has extensively travelled and worked for international non-governmental organisations based in the Philippines, France, and Uganda. In Sri Lanka, she has worked in areas of programme design & evaluation. Her professional experience is mainly in programme design, teaching & research. She is currently the assistant editor of Jindal Journal of Public Policy. At JSGP, she works on research on Gulf migrants of India, Refugee economies in South Asia and COVID-19 & the Indian middle class. She is currently the Assistant Editor of Jindal Journal of Public Policy. She also coordinates the NIHR Health Financing Fragmentation Study in India in collaboration with Imperial College, London and JGU. In 2019, she co-founded Policy Talks which focuses on Public Policy Education for school students.  
  • Course Fee – Rs 2,000 + GST