An implementation strategy report is a summary of why and how a particular plan was put in place, and a look at what the future holds for that plan. Exactly what information you place in your report depends upon the topic. However, there are certain key points you should address, no matter the subject area. Though it can be challenging due to the thorough research and lengthy descriptions that are required, you will be able to compose a plan by following the proper steps.
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Things you need
- Colour printer
- Binder (optional)
- Divider tabs (optional)
Write an introduction. The introduction is a very important part of any writing. In an implementation strategy report, the introduction should explain the plan, state the purpose and discuss the target audience. This is the place for background information, with citations from appropriate, researched sources. The introduction should also list the objectives set prior to the plan’s implementation.
Explain the progress on actions. An implementation report is not necessarily a completed plan, but rather a report on how the process has gone so far. In this section, the steps that have been taken should be outlined, and the steps that need to be taken should be prioritised.
State the changes. Strategies are implemented, reviewed for efficiency and then adjusted as needed. Therefore, explain all changes that have taken place, and back each of them up with solid, researched reasons why the change occurred. If there have been no changes, this step is not necessary.
List performance indicators. Performance indicators are the ways in which strategy objectives are evaluated in order to determine the success of the implemented plan. In this section of the report, indicators should be listed and briefly described, and the results should be explained in relation to the initial project targets.
Name funding issues. Funding often comes from an outside source rather than from the organisation implementing the plan. Therefore, it is extremely important to outline exactly how funding has been used, as well as the areas in which more income may be needed. Those areas in need must be referenced throughout the report in order to demonstrate the necessity for further income. Any other limiting factors, aside from funding, should also be noted in this section.
Make a conclusion. State the best possible conclusion of strategy success that can be made based on all research and evaluations to this point. Since this report is detailing an incomplete project, offer the direction in which the project should move. Suggest possible adjustments for various steps of the plan if they might be needed in the future. The idea is to keep the project going, so explain why it should.
List references. An implementation strategy is basically action research. You propose a strategy, implement it and then explain the results. In doing so, prior research is referenced, as well as new sources created. Be sure to include a list of all references used throughout the project.
Create a table of contents. A table of contents, located after the cover page, is needed in any report that includes multiple sections. List titles for all sections in the report, each one followed by the number of the first page of that section.
Design a cover page. Even though the cover page is the first page in the report, saving it until the end will allow for a relaxing close to a tedious project. Be creative with the cover, as it is the eye-catching opener to your report. Colour is permitted. Be sure to include the strategy title, date of report completion and the name of the business or organisation sponsoring the report.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure report pages are numbered.
- Place the final report in a binder for a more professional appearance.
- Use divider tabs at the beginning of each new section for easier navigation through the report.
- Avoid informal language. Make sure the report is written in a professional manner.
- Do not assign page numbers to the cover or table of contents.
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