Administrative Policy Writing
Focus on Facts
Focusing on facts also means writing in a way that avoids making
An assumption is a conclusion you make without having the facts to
back you up. This is especially important in investigative writing.
Government agencies often write
. The purpose
of these documents is to collect and record facts and conclusions.
These documents are important because they can become
in a trial.
of dollars may hang in the balance.
We will talk more about investigative-report writing later in the
Investigators must be very careful to report on only those matters they
observed rather than assumptions.
Why? Assumptions are sometimes
. Thus, they can undermine
a writer’s credibility and be misleading.