Becoming an Information Pack Host
Becoming an Information Pack Host
What is an APOLNET Host or Contributor?
An APOLNET Host/Contributor is an individual or organization with an interest in alcohol policy who works collaboratively with the Alcohol Policy Network:
- to compile and prepare information for an upcoming alcohol policy topic; or
- to add to an already existing topic on the site.
For sample topics that have been hosted by an organization, see Alcohol Advertising, Impaired Driving, Controls on U-Brews/U-Vints topics.
Why become an APOLNET Host or Contributor?
Becoming an APOLNET host or contributor gives individuals/organizations a chance to:
- focus discussion on an important alcohol policy issue;
- promote their work in the area; and,
- encourage others to advance the debate on alcohol policy.
What are the duties of an APOLNET Host or Contributor?
Duties of a host/contributor include:
- compiling information on the alcohol policy issue;
- obtaining any required permission from author(s) and/or completing a release form allowing the Alcohol Policy Network to post documents on APOLNET and distribute this information through other means;
- responding to policy-related user comments or questions in a timely manner;
- updating/adding documents on an as needed basis.
What is the process for hosting a topic?
- You/your organization contact(s) the Alcohol Policy Network to indicate an interest in hosting a particular topic. Please refer to Action Packs for a list of past topics.
- You/your organization compile(s) materials and forward(s) hard copies to the Alcohol Policy Network. Your submission should include:
- One or two pages of background information on the policy issue. This will include a description of the problem and the rationale for the specific policy.
- A sample of relevant background documents (i.e., news releases, reports, studies, public education materials, fact sheets highlighting relevant statistics) produced by you/your organization, public agencies or others.
- A brief description of your organization (i.e., brochure, not more than one page) or your efforts in dealing with the topic/issue.
- A completed release form allowing the Alcohol Policy Network to post or distribute all submitted materials.
- Examples of position papers, reports, case studies and/or descriptions of instances that illustrate your problem or proposed policy.
- Bibliography on the topic.
- A list of upcoming events (conferences, seminars, etc.) related to the topic. (optional)
- A list of organizations and/or web sites where more information related to the topic area is available, including contact names, phone and fax numbers and addresses. (optional)
- A list of frequently asked questions & answers related to policy area/topic. (optional)
- be relevant, short, concise and easy-to-read
- be sensitive to the current political, economic and social climate
- present alcohol policy from a public health perspective
- present up-to-date background data and research in a balanced and informative way
- make an effort to acknowledge different viewpoints and outline the practical challenges of adopting/implementing a specific policy
- profile relevant positions of a variety of organizations
- enable readers to gain a sound understanding of the issue and add their voice to the debate.
Documents should NOT...
- contain flawed, dated or discredited research
- contain false or inaccurate data/information
- include sensitive or confidential information
- "bash" anyone who has, or is perceived to have, a different or opposing policy position.
How can I get more information?
For more information on hosting an APOLNET topic, please contact:
Alcohol Policy Network
700 Lawrence Avenue West
Canada, M6A 3B4
416-367-3313 ext. 223
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org