Plain Language Writing Checklist

Author: The SickKids Learning Institute (2014)

The SickKids Learning Institute. (2014). Plain Language Writing Checklist. Toronto, ON: The Hospital for Sick Children.


This checklist provides a list of items to support users with developing key messaging using plain language. It encourages users to consider word choice, design, and integration of knowledge translation principles, including writing for the reader and using accurate, evidence-based content.

Potential use

This tool is a useful primer for those in the process of developing a variety of knowledge products for a broad range of target audiences, including children and youth, families, and community members. Though tailored to the healthcare sector, this easy-to-use tool is appropriate for various disciplines.

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