Every report should include some concluding statements linking the original objective or purpose with the outcomes of the investigation. The conclusion may also comment on the impact of the study, analysis or field trip, on say, the organisation or how knowledge has been furthered as a result. The conclusions and recommendations you present should be based on your key findings and the issues that you have raised and analysed in the body of the report. The recommendations are usually placed after the conclusion and state the course of action to take and why. Recommendations can outline further work necessary to address unresolved issues and/or alternative approaches that arise from the findings of the study. It is common to use a separate heading titled ‘Recommendations’.


Paul discusses what should be included in the conclusions and recommendations (43s):

Alan describes how he structured his conclusion and recommendations (32s):

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