Executive Summary Report:The final Executive Summary should include (with corrections) the material in the interim report and extend this to complete the numerical evaluation of alternatives.
The length of the Executive Summary must be 6-8 double-spaced typewritten pages, excluding tables or figures, inclusive of the Interim submission.
- Background:The same as the corresponding section in the interim report, except for any updates, additions, or changes.
- Problem Statement: The same as the corresponding section in the interim report, except for any updates, additions, or changes.
- Objective(s): The same as the corresponding section in the interim report, except for any updates, additions, or changes.
- Decision Alternatives: The same as the corresponding section in the interim report, except for any updates, additions, or changes.
- Evaluation Considerations and Evaluation Measures:Similar to the corresponding section in the interim presentation, except for any updates, additions, or changes. Provide references for data sources (where did you get your information from), including interviews with experts, in standard bibliography style.
- Value Calculations, Scenarios and Analysis: Present the value calculations/analysis for the alternatives for each scenario. Briefly describe how these computations were done, but you do not have to present the actual computations. Include the spreadsheet/chart for your analysis as an appendix to your report. Conduct and present a systematic analysis (what you measured and how). If your decision is not easily quantified, do not force a table or calculation section into our report. Speak to the qualitative value the decision will have instead.
- Resources:A final list of resources to be utilized / consulted to assist in making your decision.
- Conclusions: Present your recommendation based on the analysis in the preceding sections, including a qualitative discussion of the reasons the preferred alternative is best. The goal of this section is that someone who does not understand the details of decision analysis methods will find your Conclusions section to be a convincing argument for the preferred alternative. That is, the analysis should not be a mysterious procedure, but rather a way of developing insight about the key factors in the decision and how these lead to selection of the preferred alternative.
The primary basis for grading the written final report is the degree to which the work, as presented in the report, is complete, accurate, and defensible, and, in addition, how well your results are explained in lay terms in the Conclusions section. Clarity and accuracy of presentation are graded to the extent these make it difficult to judge the quality of the analysis. Examples of common problems in report presentation include 1) failure to include the required information as listed above, 2) failure to follow the specified outline, 3) failure to reference figures, tables, or appendices in the text, and 4) failure to include references for data sources.