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Publish your research

Information, suggestions, and resources for preparing your written work for publication, including information on open access publishing.

Writing policy reports

This section explains how one can approach developing and disseminating policy reports as a component of DSocSci dissertation by portfolio.

There are many differences between the dissertation and policy reports in purpose, audience, voice, structure, and length.

  • Purpose: A dissertation defends a particular viewpoint, supported by evidence, logic and new data. A policy report focuses on critical analysis of a social issue and problem-solving with practical, feasible solutions. Policy writing aims to aid policy decisions versus furthering knowledge and understanding.
  • Audience: A dissertation's audience is a committee, policy reports are typically prepared for politicians and, therefore, must be written for a general audience and engage different perspectives.
  • Structure: A dissertation is usually divided into multiple arguments (e.g. chapters) to fulfil multiple requirements, policy reports recommend solutions and make recommendations for the best one. 
  • Length: Policy reports are much shorter and therefore must be concise and focused on the issue of relevance and the solutions. 

From University of Toronto's Policy Writing guide.

Resources for policy reports