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How to Write Feasibility Reports: Purpose, Structure & Content

How to Write Feasibility Reports: Purpose, Structure & Content
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Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

What, exactly, is a feasibility report, and how is it written? In this lesson, we'll examine feasibility reports, including when they are needed, what content goes into a feasibility report, and the two most common organizations of feasibility reports.

Feasibility Reports

Jessie is in a pickle. He's a writer for a large company, and he's been asked to write a feasibility report because the CEO is considering moving their manufacturing to a new location. But Jessie's never written a feasibility report before. In fact, he's not even completely sure what it is!

A feasibility report is a paper that examines a proposed solution and evaluates whether it is possible, given certain constraints. These constraints could be anything: financial, social, practical, environmental, technical, legal, or any number of other things that could make it impossible or impractical for a solution to be implemented.

For example, in moving the company's manufacturing, the CEO hopes to save money for the company. But is it a good idea? The move could cost the company lots of money, cutting into the savings of the new location. In addition, there are environmental concerns: they might be displacing wildlife. There's also the question of tax breaks, which could change based on the location.

To help Jessie out, let's look closer at how to write a feasibility report, including the content and organization of feasibility reports.

Content

Jessie's boss wants a feasibility report as soon as possible, but Jessie isn't even sure what goes into a report. Where does he start?

Like most formal reports, a feasibility report includes specific elements. These are:

1. Introduction

In the introduction, Jessie will want to introduce the problem and proposed solution. For example, he can start by discussing the rising cost of manufacturing, and the proposed solution of moving the company's manufacturing operation to a new location.

2. Background

The introduction of Jessie's report will likely flow well into the background section, where he will give any important contextual information. This could include an overview of the company's operations, the history and context of the problem, any important technical details, or any other information that is important to understand before analyzing whether something is feasible or not. For example, Jessie might want to include information about the recent rise in manufacturing costs and the details of what goes into moving manufacturing equipment, as well as background information on the proposed new location.

3. Requirements

This section is also sometimes called the criteria section, because it includes descriptions of how the writer is evaluating the feasibility of the proposed solution. For example, Jessie might say that he is evaluating the move based on cost, environmental impact, taxes, and other important criteria.

4. Evaluation

In the evaluation section, Jessie will want to compare the current solution to the proposed solution. For example, in Jessie's case, the current solution to the rising cost of manufacturing is for the company to stay where they are and just bear it. The proposed solution is to move the manufacturing division of the company.

Jessie will want to compare both solutions based on each requirement outlined before. For example, he could compare the cost of each solution, the environmental impact of each solution, and so on.

5. Conclusions

Next, Jessie will want to sum up the conclusions he's reached about the proposed solution of moving the manufacturing division. He can reiterate the pros and cons of the solution.

6. Recommendation

This section, also called the final opinion section, includes Jessie's recommendation of whether the solution is feasible or not. By now, of course, the recommendation should be pretty obvious based on the past few sections, but this is where Jessie will explicitly state whether or not he thinks the move is a good idea and why.

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