|Represent reasoned judgments based on a synthesis of empirical findings or factual statements corresponding to specific circumstances. Conclusions point out the factors of success and failure of the evaluated projects and programmes, with special attention paid to the intended and unintended results and impacts, and more generally to any other strength or weakness. Conclusions draw on data collection and analyses undertaken through a transparent chain of arguments.  
The constituent parts of a conclusion include:
It corresponds to a short paragraph which reinforces the project’s main idea in a fresh way. It is an effective way to start a conclusion because it helps to stress the ideas already expressed in the body of the project. To write an effective summary statement it is necessary to avoid repeating key words and phrases from the project’s thesis.
It is also known as the “clincher” and it is a final thought which should create a lasting impression on the target audience. Questions can be used to directly connect with the target audience and motivate them to reflect on the project’s ideas.
What are the purposes of a conclusion?
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Strategies for writing an effective conclusion:
What to avoid:
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- Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). Monitoring, Evaluation and Consulting Division, 2006.
- Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) / Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Glossary of Key Terms in Evaluation and Results Based Management, pp 18. Paris, 2002.
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