SSN Brief Types

SSN Key Findings (2pp): which reference in the footer an underlying published or accepted article, book, dissertation, report, or paper at a professional meeting.

SSN Basic Facts (2pp): which pull together materials on an important topic from various scholarly and official sources. Sometimes an indication of sources is in the footer; sometimes we just have indications on file.

SSN Strategy Briefs (up to 10 pages, with some references annotated at the end): poses an important challenge, explores ideas, alternatives and evidence, and spells out specific action recommendations.

SSN Visual (1-2pp): an unusually telling figure, chart, picture, display, cartoon, or map. Could just stand alone as one page, or there could be a second page with comments, pointers, and sources.

SSN Readings (2pp): carefully selected readings on an issue, with a few lines of explanation of what each has to offer. This type could be appealing to citizens, advocates and others who want to read more on a subject, as well as to teachers and students.

SSN Civic Engagement (2pp): Two types of briefs fit here. One type looks at a campaign or movement or association that has done or is doing something striking to enhance American democracy or further an important cause or broad movement. A second type is about an individual person, living or deceased (but NOT an SSN member) who has made a real difference in civically engaged scholarship or expert-informed public activities. Emphasis should be on the difference the person made/makes in those ways, not just life narration, but it is fine to highlight how values and life choices set up a person's important impact. Suitable subjects could include a great scholar like Albert Hirschman, or a dedicated public official like Mollie Orshanksy (who created the poverty line), or a figure such as Esther Peterson who was a key link between the labor movement and the birth of modern women's rights efforts.

SSN Video: A member offering a lively and succinct explanation of a key topic or finding. Videos will help convey information and ideas, and also give viewers a sense of our members as people in their daily working environments.