Essentials of Plain Language: Tips for Improving Your Content

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Date Developed: 1/2/2016. Source: GovLoop. Presenter(s): n.a.. Type: Video Lecture. Level: Introductory. Length: 45 minutes.


Government gobbledygook! That’s what most citizens say when they see government policies and legislation. Speaking of legislation, the Plain Language Act actually mandates that government agencies write more clearly. So how do you do that well? The course comprises an overview and 8 lessons.

Learning Objectives

• Provide an update on plain language principles and the law that is compelling agencies to write more clearly.

• Offer some specific techniques you can apply to improve your language.

• Share a few resources and action items you can take to write better right away.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.