Evaluation reports are usually commissioned to determine the importance of the subject, the severity of the problem, or in general, to answer the question “How significant is this?” Whereas it’s a good philosophy of life in general to look on the bright side, evaluation reports often need to point out weaknesses in a project or employee. But they might also point out strengths in a job candidate or in a potential business partner. To be sure you frame those weaknesses appropriately, it’s a good idea to keep the purposes of the report in mind:
▶ Track progress.
▶ Delineate responsibilities and scope.
▶ Explore skills.
▶ Explore weaknesses.
▶ Make recommendations.
In contrast to an incident report (see Chapter 9), which ...