In this video, Judy examines the difference between conclusions and recommendations in a technical report. Conclusions interpret the findings or results of an investigation. Recommendations follow conclusions and are opinions supported by the report’s findings. Learn how to keep recommendations concise, specific, and realistic, with a call to action.
- [Instructor] After presenting all the findings,…you're ready to conclude and recommend.…Are findings, conclusions, and recommendations…just about the same thing?…Emphatically, no, so what is the difference?…What happened?…Answer that question and that's the result.…Why did it happen?…That answers the conclusion.…What could or should be done?…The recommendation is the answer to that question.…Here's a simplistic everyday illustration.…You go grocery shopping without a plan.…
Result, you overspend your grocery budget…and arrive home without everything you wanted and needed,…and other items that you don't need.…Conclusion, you are an impulsive grocery shopper,…can't remember what you needed without a list,…and spend more than you can afford.…Recommendation, make a grocery shopping list,…take it with you and stick to it.…Let's look at conclusions.…Conclusions can refer to the past or project to the future.…The conclusions are not the results.…
The conclusion section interprets the findings,…the results of the investigation.…
- Identifying the purpose and main point of the report
- Evaluating audience needs
- Conducting research
- Writing a first draft
- Writing an abstract
- Including methodology and procedure
- Creating a cover letter
- Crediting sources
- Considering language formality
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