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.…
- Identify the purpose and main point of a report.
- Determine which questions should be asked before writing a technical report.
- Recall the six ethical principles identified by the Society of Technical Writers.
- List three groups of readers that could be the audience for a technical report.
- Examine the technical audience.
- Explain when it is appropriate to use generic headings.
- Recognize the best approach for writing a first draft.
- Name three areas of a report that should be assessed during the revision process.
- Review the best strategies for keeping your writing concise.
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