What should you include in the summary?

You should include responses to the following questions:

  • Have you been effective?
    Include a brief summary outlining your conclusions about the extent to which you achieved the desired outcomes.
  • You should also discuss whether there have been any ripple effects and whether the results have been sustained.
  • How do you know?
    Provide an outline of the evidence that supports your conclusions. Include brief details of any data limitations, assumptions and inferences that are relevant to your conclusions. You should also include any relevant contextual information, such as the effect that other factors may have had on the behaviour or the results, which will help the reader make sense of the story.
  • Don't at this point delve into the detail. Remember that the executive summary is meant to provide a high-level view of the outcomes - a more detailed report can be made available for further reference.
  • What have you learned?
    Include what you learned during the evaluation, including:
    • improvements in your understanding of the risk
    • what treatments did or didn't work
    • any unintended consequences.
  • Where to from here?
    Include any recommendations for future risk-treatment strategies. Consider:
    • the mix of strategies - for example, a greater emphasis on help and education, rather than active compliance
    • future risk assessment work - for example, there may be a need for more research to increase your understanding of the risk population
    • the way the compliance effectiveness methodology is applied in the next evaluation cycle - for example, there may be a need to refine the desired outcomes, success goals or indicators if they were unrealistic, unsuitable or vague
    • the evaluation process - for example, it may be necessary to set up systems to capture more useful data.
    Last modified: 13 Jan 2015QC 25789