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Are the recommendations based on the conclusions? Sometimes, program staff are so used to implementing a specific type of program, they will recommend such a program regardless of the survey results.

Are the recommendations useful, or could they have been written without the survey results? If all the recommendations are self-evident, the money and time spent doing the survey was largely wasted. Many survey reports have recommendations like "Improve the nutritional status of children," or "Gather additional information about the health status of the population." These are not useful recommendations. Not only do they not inform specific program decisions, but they could have been written without a survey.

Are the recommendations feasible? It is of little use making recommendations which are impossible to carry out. Recommendations may be more easily implemented if they identify the organizations responsible for specific actions and give a timeline.