When it comes to policy communications, navigating the data can be as crucial as the content itself. I often come across blogs and articles brimming with data, yet they miss the critical piece – context. Remember, content is king, but context is King Kong

Here’s an example from the solar industry. “Germany has installed over 100,000 residential battery storage systems.” Wow – you don’t say. But this prompts the question – so is that good?

Without context, data becomes a number, not a narrative. To use data effectively, we need to paint the bigger picture with trends, contrasts and comparisons.

Let’s look at it this way.

  • “Germany’s market saw a 100% capacity increase in storage last year – a sun-powered leap forward!”
  • “Five years ago, German battery storage only provided a fraction of electric cars – now, it’s enough for half the roads!”
  • “The installed systems could fuel every car in Switzerland*.”

*I don’t know how many cars there are in Switzerland, but it’s probably quite a lot.

Next time you draft policy communications, don’t merely collect data, go that bit further and connect it. This is the creative part of policy communications.

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