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Executive summary (Abstract)

An executive summary provides a quick overview or synopsis of a report, summarising the essential parts. It outlines the following information:

  • the purpose of the report
  • the methods used to conduct the research
  • the results of the research
  • the conclusions drawn from the research
  • recommendations for future actions.

The executive summary / abstract is generally written last. This allows you to summarise all the major areas of the report.


Annotated example of an abstract





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