Plain Language Writing Checklist

This checklist is a useful primer for those who are in the process of developing written materials for lay audiences. The checklist covers appropriate word choice and document design, as well as knowledge translation principles. This simple tool is appropriate for various disciplines and impact work types.

What our reviewers had to say

There is a degree of practicality which I really appreciate about this tool. At three pages in length, it is not intimidating for a new user. There are examples and the check-box function allows for step by step consideration to clear language principles in writing or editing.

This is a great tool to help someone get in the mindset of interpretation. It could be used to communicate any kind of scientific research to the public.

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