Administrative Policy Writing
Purpose of Guidance Documents
The purpose of a guidance document is explain a rule or program to the
public or regulated community. These documents should be accurate
and easy to understand.
Guidance documents begin with the premise that most people don’t
want to read regulations
or else they
find them difficult to read.
For the average member of the public, navigating and understanding
regulations in the TAC is intimidating and confusing.
Thus, the purpose of these documents is
to restate or provide a
summary of the regulations in plain English.
As mentioned above,
there are really two
parts to this:
It is important that guidance documents are both
“Easy to understand” involves the principles of plain language we have