United Nations Peacekeeping

Welcome to Writing Effective Guidance

This course was designed by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Department of Field Support (DPKO/DFS) to help you easily and successfully develop effective guidance documents.

About This Course

This course consists of 12 topics that cover a range of issues from examining existing guidance documents to thinking through the writing process to following standard English grammar. The course assumes a basic understanding of the English language and its writing conventions. For information about navigating the course, see “How to Use This Course.” You can also click the Help button in the top-right corner of the window.


  1. Getting Started
  2. The Big Picture
  3. Get Ready. Get Set. Think!
  4. Process vs. Product
  5. Step by Step
  6. Examining Guidance
  7. The Writing Process
  8. Writing in Plain English, Part 1
  9. Writing in Plain English, Part 2
  10. Making Your Writing Easy to Read
  11. Editing Yourself and Others
  12. Course Conclusion