Elements of a Statement of Work
STATEMENT OF WORK
The statement of work (SOW) should describe the framework within which a contractor
(the independent or external evaluator) is expected to operate — that is, the work to be
performed and/or the results to be achieved. Not all SOWs will follow the same pattern.
However, a well structured SOW normally contains the following elements:
a. Identifies the need for the particular work, cites the contract’s goals,
describes the location of the work, and identifies how the contract work
fits into the project/program’s mission and goals.
a. The objectives are well-defined statements of the results to be achieved in
order for the overall mission of the work to be accomplished. They should
be quantifiable criteria that must be met for the work to be considered
a. Gives a brief description of what the scope of work does and does not
cover. It should be limited to what is necessary to convey the intent of the
b. It may include an outline of the extent of the work, a brief overview of the
steps of the project, a brief description of the methodology to be used, and
a description of the location of the work.
IV. Task to be Completed
a. Tasks are activities and milestones that should be completed to
accomplish the contract objectives. The tasks may be structured by
milestones, deliverables, or processes.
b. The following may be part of this section:
i. A clear delineation of responsibilities
ii. A detailed description of each work element
iii. The approach or methodology