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Getting peer feedback

Before you share your first draft, check your work. If you have time, sleep on it.

  • A fresh pair of eyes gives a new perspective and will make it easier to identify any obvious mistakes.
  • Think about whether your structure is really easy to follow.
  • Challenge yourself to edit. Have you used three words when one would do? Have you used information that, although interesting, doesn’t necessarily advance your argument?
  • Do you have a plan to fill in any gaps?
  • Be clear what feedback you’re asking for. Is it on the tone, content or structure? Or asking for a steer on the policy? Asking for next advice on next steps.

Now that you have checked your draft, ask a colleague if they have time to help you improve your work.

What advice do you have for handling positive, constructive and negative feedback so that you learn and improve your document?

2 replies on “Getting peer feedback”

  • Sleeping on the first draft gives me an opportunity to reflect on the work, exploring on whether I have included all the important facts in the report and whether it is persuasive enough. Giving it to a colleague to look at the draft is advisable , as he or she can note all the possible errors and importantly if the draft has lucidity, considering the target audience, and the tone. A good feedback from a colleague will enable me to write a well structured lucid report.

  • Take it as it’s intended. If someone corrects my grammar or suggests a rewording. I take it as assistance they have given me not criticism.

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