Why an executive summary?
📊 Practitioners in the field of international development cooperation need tools that can help them quickly understand complex issues and make informed decisions. One such tool is the executive summary.
💡 The executive summary is a valuable tool because it provides a concise and easy-to-understand overview of the main points of a document, without the need for readers to read the entire document. This can be particularly useful when dealing with lengthy reports or proposals, as it enables us to quickly grasp the key points and understand the implications of those points.
📝 As a communications person, when writing an executive summary, it’s important to keep in mind the specific needs and concerns of the intended audience. This may involve highlighting different points or details depending on the decision that needs to be made. For example, an executive summary for a research study might focus on the implications of the findings for policy or practice.
🌍 The executive summary is a crucial tool for helping us make quick and informed decisions based on the key points of a document. As international development cooperation practitioners, it’s a tool that we should make sure to use to its full potential. Don’t dilute it with background information that is really interesting but has no particular value in the context of your work, where everybody is pressed for time. It should guide decision-making.