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What Difference does a Policy Brief Make?

Beynon et al
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3ie and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), in collaboration with Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), explored the effectiveness of a policy brief for influencing readers’ beliefs and prompting them to act.

A multi-armed randomised control design was used to find answers to three research questions:

  • do policy briefs influence readers?
  • does the presence of an op-ed type commentary within the brief lead to more or less influence?
  • does it matter if the commentary is assigned to a well known name in the field?
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