What is a Policy Brief?
The National Education Policy Center defines a policy brief as a synthesis of "existing research knowledge on a policy or practice issue of importance. Written in language an interested non-expert would find accessible, policy briefs answer the questions: 'What is the research evidence related to a given policy or practice option – and what policy recommendations follow from that evidence?'”
For an extended explanation, see the guidelines from the Food and Agricultural Organization.
Examples of policy briefs:
Finding Policy Briefs and Research Reports from Think Tanks
The indexes below will help you find policy reports with searches by topic. The results come only from think tanks and are more authoritative than what you may find in Google.
Think tanks are private organizations that do research and make policy recommendations. They frequently focus their work on a particular issue or group of related concerns. The groups identified below work on issues involving bilingual education. Visit their websites for the most up-to-date reports and analysis available.