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Salient Features and Main Elements of a Proposal

Summary- What is proposal writing? What are essential features involved in making a proposal? What are main elements of a proposal? These are salient points that are discussed in the blog.

Writing a proposal is almost similar to writing a persuasive report or an impactful essay. Although it is a little different but, the essence of the work is like that of an essay which is persuasive or, a report that puts forth an argument in place. In order to develop a proposal, there must be some pertinent specific purpose about it. The following should be met in order to qualify as a proposal:

  • A proposal has to describe one solution after defining a problem that will make the extremely cautious and thought-thrift reader support it.
  • A proposal has to produce facts and not provide opinions to help approve an argument. A lot of research on similar plans and projects has to be done and referenced and cited, where the emphasis is on how the proposal resolves the weak issues evident in them.
  • A proposal has to be able to analyze the project or the plan and demonstrate the probable outcomes. If it is feasible, prepare a small model of the project or plan, go ahead in reporting the results and divulge how the complete project would turn out based on the sample test.
  • If there are certain financial resources or other assets that need to be used, a realistic picture should be provided while carefully considering about the sources from where they can be assimilated.
  • Extreme diligence and meticulous approach is required in writing, designing and editing the proposal. Make clear and concise statements and revise it to make it absolutely tailor-made plan according to your concept.
  • Get an external critic if possible. Ask someone who knows the subject fairly well to read and comment on it. Work as much as possible on the suggestions.
  • Make sure that your presentation is neat, clean and attractive. Make it engaging and organized as well as helpful.

The following elements should be there in a proposal:

  • Executive Summary– This would help the decision maker to quickly understand the gist of what your proposal is trying to place forward.
  • Statement of Need– Describe in clear words and in details why the project or plan the proposal places forward is needed.
  • Project Description– Describe how you would work with the specifics of the project. Clearly state how it will produce an effect and to whom. Mention how you are going to evaluate the project.
  • Budget Analysis– Describe the expenses that would be required in executing the project and explain how the project would be financed.
  • Organization Details– If you are submitting the proposal to an outside party, suffice all information about the organization, describing its mission, who all this organization serves and its stakeholders. If possible describe in brief about the scope of its programs and services.
  • Conclusion– Using the main points of the proposal creates a summary which well concludes your project.

Writing a proposal can be both laborious and interesting. A well written proposal is a dissertation or thesis half done. If you have succeeded in making a good proposal, you will make it not only easy for the decision maker to consider your project; you would have minimized half of your actual work by doing a good background study.

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