The Policy Analysis Group allows students to communicate and express their ideas through online forums, with the intention of producing policy analyses on a broad variety of topics, relating to contemporary issues within France and Britain. We require students who are dedicated and committed to this task so that we effectively produce an online policy analysis.
How is this achieved?
In order to achieve this aim students follow a clear step by step structure:
Step I Propose broad subject areas and vote
Step II Create a timeframe for each of the steps.
Step III Publicize new topic to recruit other students (online forums)
Step IV Poll participants in order to come up with a definite title. Create several titles which the participants can vote for, with the option to add their own suggestions.
Make sure to have a closed ended question (i.e. yes/no answer), so that the text can be later structured into a yes section (the thesis) and a no section (the antithesis).
Step V Divide participants into thesis and antithesis contributors.
Do bibliographical review to draft introduction. State/define how it is related to the bigger question/ topic.
Step VI Obtain important open ended questions for the thesis and antithesis sections. Allow members to add ideas to their allocated sections. Then assign section leaders to structure the continued discussion and the write up of the different sections.
Step VII Discuss via a platform the question further, in order to reach an advanced stage of understanding and a fruitful outcome.
Step VIII Synthesis of the discussion of the sub divided topics.
Step IX Go on to the next subtopic. Repeat the process till all sub divided topics are covered.
Step X Synthesis of subtopics. Collate the synthesis of the sub divided topics and present; write a report putting all the pieces together of the synthesis to create a broader understanding of the main topic of discussion.
Step XI Final edit of the report. Designate an editor who will reread over the report and discuss with all the participants any errors which need resolving.
Furthermore we operate through a reward system in order for students to be credited as a co-author on a policy analysis.
Why join PAG?
This opportunity provides students with first-hand experience in writing policy analyses, which will be sent on to influential organisations. The fact we operate through online portals means there is no limit as to who can get involved. Further to this we choose our topics democratically, meaning everyone has the ability to write a policy analysis on a topic of their choice.