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Guidelines and Tools for Managing and Developing Policies

This web page lists guidelines and tools for managing and developing policies. While one of the guidelines is specifically geared toward using the Information Stewardship and three supporting information policies to develop IT and information policies, most of the guidelines and tools can help inform the management and creation of any policies at Tufts.

Guidelines and Tools

Developing IT or Information Policies
These guidelines provide advice for how to use the Information Stewardship and three supporting information policies to develop effective and coordinated IT or information policies.

So You Want to Write a Policy
These guidelines provides general advice for managers who want to develop a new policy or significantly revise an existing one. These guidelines can apply to any policies and are not limited to IT or information policies.

Policy Development Tool
This tool (PDF | Word) defines a formal process for developing or revising a policy. It includes a form for documenting the development of a policy. This tool is not required for developing and approving any specific policy at Tufts. It is merely a tool that a manager may opt (but is not required) to use to support his or her policy development work. The tool is designed to help people think through a variety of issues and questions early in the policy development process.

The tool prescribes a rather formal policy development and approval process. No policies at Tufts are required to go through or use this development and approval process. By describing such a formal process, this tool is only designed to help managers determine the most appropriate process for developing and approving policies under their responsibility.

Download the tool as a PDF to use it as is, or download the tool a Word document to modify it to fit your needs.

Policy Template
This tool (PDF | Word) provides a template for policy documents. This template is designed to help managers construct well-crafted policy documents. The Information Stewardship and three supporting information policies use this template, however, policies at Tufts are not required to follow the template.

Download the template as a PDF to use it as is, or download the template as a Word document to modify it to fit your needs.