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Proposal Memo to the Decision-maker

Summary of assignment

  • Task: You will complete the following:
  • o Identify the decision-maker or group of decision-makers to whom you will write

    this memo.

    o Consider the secondary research you conducted on your topic for writing

    assignment #2.

    o Consider what primary research you will need to conduct for your research-based


    o Write a proposal memo to your decision-maker asking for permission to conduct

    this research.

  • Length: 800-1100 words
  • Format: A template for the memo is provided on page 2.
  • How This Assignment Informs WritingAssignment #4

    This proposal memo is a preliminary step you take prior to writing your final paper, which is the

    research-based report (writing assignment #4). Your final paper in WRTG 394 will be a report

    in which you:

  • define a problem in your workplace or community persuasively and accurately.
  • propose a solution or solutions to the problem or issue.
  • As part of defining the problem and proposing a solution, you must conduct primary research.

    You might also need to conduct some additional secondary research. In Writing Assignment #3,

    the proposal to conduct research, you are persuading a decision-maker or group of decisionmakers to authorize you to begin conducting this research that will end up in your final report.

    The main purposes of the research proposal memo are to accomplish the following:

  • Demonstrate that the problem you’ve identified for Project #4 is significant enough to
  • warrant investigation.

  • Present a feasible plan or blueprint for your research.
  • Set forth potential benefits to the organization or community from the research that
  • justify the use of time and resources.


    Template for Submitting Your Memo

    Note: Please use the format outlined below, including the headers provided in bold, for the


    To: [Decision Maker Name(s) and title(s)]

    From: [Your Name and title]

    Date: [Today’s Date]

    Subject: Request to Conduct Research on […]


    [Write one or two sentences in which you mention why you are writing this memo.]

    What the Problem Is and Why It Needs to Be Investigated

    [In a series of paragraphs, describe the problem to which you are going to propose a solution and

    explain why you think this problem is important.]

    What Secondary Research I Have Conducted about the Problem

    [In one paragraph describe secondary research you have conducted on the problem and solution.]

    What Primary Research I Will Conduct about the Problem

    [In a series of paragraphs, describe primary research you will conduct on the problem and


    Why We Will Benefit from My Research and Recommendations

    [In one or two paragraphs, describe your recommendations to the problem/situation you are

    describing. Include a description of the potential benefits that your organization or community

    will incur by authorizing your research and considering your recommendation.]


    [In one or two sentences, conclude your memo by repeating the request for authorization and

    reminding of the benefits of your conducting the research and considering your



    Advice on Conducting Primary Research

    When considering primary research, consider the strategies outlined in the following material

    from weeks 3 and 4:

  • “Strategies for Qualitative Interviews – Harvard University” (from week 3)
  • “Designing Effective Questions and Questionnaires” (from week 3)
  • “Writing Interview Protocols and Conducting Interviews” (from week 4)
  • Consider the following examples:

  • If you are proposing that email be used less frequently for communication and that another
  • application be used to improve communication, you might interview fellow employees on the

    situation, and you might take screen captures of alternative communication tools to illustrate how

    they work and would improve communication in your office.

  • For a report on proposing a new traffic light, you might take pictures of the intersection where
  • such a traffic light could be built, and you might interview residents to get their perspective on the

    traffic light idea.

  • For a report to the program chair of your major at UMUC suggesting changes to the curriculum,
  • you might interview or survey fellow students, interview or survey hiring managers in the field,

    and/or interview or survey students who are majoring in the same field at another institution.

  • For a report on recycling facilities, you might take pictures of the office environment to show that
  • current recycling facilities are inadequate, and you might interview fellow workers about whether

    they find it easy to recycle materials at your office.

    Examples of How to Make Topics Specific for the Final Report in WRTG


  • If you wish to write a report to your supervisor at work suggesting that email be used less
  • frequently for communication and that another application, such as texting, be used to improve

    communication, you cannot simply prepare a report on the benefits of texting in the workplace.

    You must establish that your specific office has problems in communicating by email and

    indicate the benefits of using alternative communication systems, such as texting, for your

    workplace environment.

  • If you write a report to your neighborhood community association that a traffic light be posted at
  • a particular intersection, you cannot simply prepare a report on the benefits of traffic safety. You

    must show that the specific intersection in your neighborhood needs a traffic light in order to

    improve safety.


  • If you write a report to the program chair of your major at UMUC recommending changes to the
  • curriculum, you cannot simply prepare a report on the benefits of a certain class. You must show

    that the specific curriculum for your major at UMUC lacks something that your suggested

    adjustment will provide.

  • If you write a report on recycling facilities at your workplace, you cannot simply prepare a report
  • on the benefits of recycling. You must show that the recycling facilities at your specific

    workplace are inadequate or need improving.

    Submitting the assignment:

    You will submit a draft of the memo to the assignment folder. The instructor will provide

    comments to it and work with you on a second draft if necessary.

    Tutor Answer

    School: Boston College

    Here is the solution. Let me know if you need edits. Feel free to invite me alone in the future. Cheers!😀


    Memo to Decision Makers
    Institution Affiliation




    To: executive management
    Cc: supervisor, production department
    : All supervisors
    From: an operation controller
    Subject: Requesting for change in the process
    Through a more profound analysis into the whole system in the company, you will note that
    there is a reduction in the level of production. The company has goals that are set to be achieved
    in the long run, but without the necessary mechanism, it will be impossible for us to attain such
    goals. The system of evaluation requires some changes. Therefore, I am writing this memo to
    inform the executive management that we need to change the strategy under which the company
    conducts its performance appraisal (Schaub et al., 2017). Most of the workers have failed in their
    roles, and their performance has declined, and the company has failed to identify their issues.
    Problem statement
    The problem in our organization is that most of the employees are not motivated and this is as a
    result of the poor employee evaluation that is conducted within the organization. If the company
    could have utilized a more appropriate approach that could have identified the issues with the
    employees and provided a solution to such issues. The problem is very critical when it exists in
    the organization. If it fails to be amended the organiza...

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    Tutor went the extra mile to help me with this essay. Citations were a bit shaky but I appreciated how well he handled APA styles and how ok he was to change them even though I didnt specify. Got a B+ which is believable and acceptable.

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