Giving Council a Piece of Your Mind: Writing Reports That Work

This is a practical course on writing reports.

Many council reports are standardized; staff are able to refer to past examples and municipal formats. By contrast, policy reports are frequently "one-offs." This course focuses on these policy reports. It addresses the challenges of assembling strategic directions, incorporating public input, conveying options and framing recommendations.

Currently not available for registration.

What will I learn?

  • How to select the appropriate format to convey proposed policy directions
  • How to format reports that propose a work program and funding
  • How to articulate options and present the rationale for the proposed recommendation/s
  • Options for phasing recommendations to incorporate public review of draft proposals
  • How to reduce clutter in reports through use of appendices and the web
  • Tips for presenting complex reports
  • Tips for “Speaking Truth to Power”

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Small-group discussions
  • Case studies using example reports to illustrate how to reframe existing policies, introduce new directions, anticipate legal challenges and handle unpleasant realities

Who should take this course?

  • Local government planners, architects, engineers and others responsible for preparing reports to a local board or city council
  • Staff and members of non-profit organizations, community associations and others charged with preparing and reviewing policy reports
  • Elected officials responsible for directing staff to report on policy initiatives

How will I be evaluated?

There is no course assignment or evaluation.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Professional development credits

Professional development credits: PIBC members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration. This course qualifies for 7 Organized/Structured CPL units at the PIBC.



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