This page lists websites with guidance on writing position papers. Some of the websites include examples or suggestions, or both).
By: Heather Symon Bassett, Optometry and Life Sciences Librarian at Ferris State University, AVSL Member
Includes position papers by the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and joint policy statements.
Position papers by WCO and WCO endorsed policy statements by International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).
Section on position papers under “Publications” page of website. Referenced section includes links to several AAO position papers as well as AAO’s “Position Paper policy (PDF)”, (see internal PDF link to “Writing Position Papers” web page by Study Guides and Strategies website).
See position papers interspersed with other publication types (including factsheets, policy statements, etc.) under “Clinical Care Publications” web page of AOA website.
Includes information regarding ICO stance on position papers and links to position paper by ICO.
Includes links to ARVO public policy statements, letters and testimony to Congress.
Includes links to ECOO position papers, individual or joint with other organizations.
Includes position statements, policy statements and technical reports by AAPOS and/or joint statements with other organizations.
Includes IAPB position paper/statements, guidelines and briefing papers.
Also see IAPB Advocacy Guide see sections relating to policy positions and position papers within linked IAPB PDF’s, “Advocacy for Eye Health: A Practical Guide”, and “How to Develop a National Advocacy Strategy on Human Resources for Eye Health.” The “Advocacy” document discusses position statements within the broader context of advocacy and includes commentary on the purpose and development of a position paper. The “How To” document includes guidance on how to frame the content of a position paper, especially as related to IAPB objectives.
Includes AAO individual and joint policy statements (such as with the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) etc.)
How to write a position paper. Not specific to discipline. General recommendations for drafting position papers. Note bibliographic references for additional resources.
General information regarding composition and framing of argument papers. Some information may not be applicable specifically to position papers.
General guidelines for what to include in a position paper or issue brief. Note bibliographic references for additional resources.
General guidelines and organization recommendations for drafting a position paper.Last updated: 2017/12/21