On 16 July 2017, Dr. Mohammed Masbah animated an internal training workshop on MIPA’s writing style. The training was attended by MIPA team in the aim to enable its researchers with tools and skills of writing and reviewing policy papers. It also adopted the criteria for reviewing the papers.
Dr. Masbah presented three presentations. The first focused on the steps and tactics to be followed to achieve the goal of writing policy-oriented articles, which are five: research, planning, outlining, writing, and style review. The second presentation included a review of a paper to see the various stages in which these types of articles were written. It starts from thinking about the subject to the methodology and finally the style of writing. The last presentation included a vision of the criteria that would frame the review of papers published by MIPA. MIPA team discussed the guideline to the writing style for think thanks. As the policy papers are distinguished from other type of papers, so the MIPA should establish specific criteria to the review and accept the paper, such as: policy relevance of the subject, consistency of the arguments, the audience, and methodology. Then, researchers agreed to draft a Policy Paper Writing Guide that will be published on the Institute’s website.