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04/10/2010

Better with less

Filed under: Policy,Standards — lenand @ 7:26 pm

As I blogged recently, “Better for Less” has good, bad and ugly aspects. Finally, we have reached the Ugly. In spite of all the hard work, the report structure almost guarantees it will miss the target audience, politicians with the power to stimulate change.

  • 69 pages is too long without an abstract or a summary of recommendations. The good points are scattered and their importance missed by policy makers.
  • Attacks of the previous government may be justified, but don’t add any value to arguments for changing technology.
  • The ILC model comes across as a hard sell, but without any academic or case study evidence that it works. This is vital to their argument, but I simply don’t understand the Ubiquity and Certainty axes of what must be an important curve.

Eurim adopts a better framework for getting traction from policy makers. They produce three levels of document:

  • A one side summary of the main points – a flyer intended for an MP to read;
  • A four to six page development of the concepts and arguments for a course of action – intended to increase the understanding of research assistants;
  • A comprehensive report that cross references evidence and further sources of information – intended for retention in parliamentary library to support detailed research and, potentially, for drafting of legislation.

It should not be too difficult to restructure the document.  “Better for Less” would be better with less.

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