The accessibility of information regarding social issues is important for a number of reasons, but I will briefly touch on just two. Firstly, a social issue is, by definition, one that impacts people. It is extremely important to do the research required to make an informed decision regarding any social issue because anything done to attempt to alleviate the effects of the issue is going to affect someone.
Secondly, social issues are frequently topics that are very complicated in nature. Social issues are not easily solved because they generally don’t have just one cause or underlying problem. Solving or alleviating one underlying issue doesn’t necessarily help another—in fact it may even worsen other problems. It’s important to think about the consequences of every action regarding social issues from every possible angle.
Because we understand the importance of accessible information, the Ballard Brief was created to be a publication that is meant to be accessible to a wide audience. Because of that, the voice in which the briefings are written is one of the important factors that we, as an editing team, pay attention to in the creation of a brief. While it is important for each brief to incorporate a large amount of relevant academic research in order to properly cover the scope of each topic, the author of each brief is also required to synthesize all that information and then present it in a way that is just as relevant for a high school student as it is for a professional in the field. Our goal is for the Ballard Brief to be a relevant and accurate source for people who do not have the time or resources to read large amounts of research but still want to know more about important issues.