REEport Project Initiation Non-Technical Summary

May 28, 2013 Debra Cheung

The non-technical summary is your opportunity to briefly sum up the importance of your project in terms that general citizens can understand (i.e. citizens without scientific backgrounds). A good non-technical summary is composed of 1-2 succinct paragraphs that cover three main points:

  1. What is the current issue or problem that the research addresses and why does it need to be researched?
  2. What basic methods and approaches will be used to collect and produce data/results and subsequently inform target audiences?
  3. Through the methods mentioned above, what ultimate goals does the project hope to achieve?


In answering the above three questions, make sure to provide enough detail so that you are touching upon the main purpose of the project, the expected accomplishments, and anticipated benefits of the research.

Remember that this non-technical summary is designed to enhance the usefulness of the information in the database, especially to legislative and other public audiences.


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