Practitioner Insight

Decision makers are busy; considering various policy problems daily. When they receive useful, clear and well-argued policy memos, their work is made slightly easier. Below, experienced practitioners, across multiple agencies and organizations, share their opinions and experience about what makes for strong policy writing.

Insight from Jasjeet Ajimal, Former Senior Advisor and Director to Canadian Provincial Cabinet Minister

Jasjeet Ajimal

What is your current title and your most recent title as a policy practitioner?

I am currently the co-chair of the Save Afghan Minority Project with the Manmeet Singh Bhullar Foundation and continue to advise the private sector on public-private-community partnerships, policy improvements, and strategic project delivery.... Read more about Insight from Jasjeet Ajimal, Former Senior Advisor and Director to Canadian Provincial Cabinet Minister

Insight from recent graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School National Security Fellow Program, Lieutenant Colonel Edward Figueroa

Edward Figuero Cropped

What is your current title and your most recent title as a policy practitioner?

Recent graduate of the National Security Fellow program at Harvard Kennedy School. My follow on assignment will be in Stuttgart, Germany serving at U.S. European Command as the Branch Chief of the Eurasia...

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Insight with Nick Sinai, HKS Adjunct Lecturer, Formerly U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer

Nick Sinai

Strong policy writers tell a story, and frame the issue in context of where an Administration (or Agency) is trying to go.

The best policy memo: