An after-action report template is a pre-formatted report template that is used to discuss an event or analytic result in a professional setting. An after-action report is considered a formal document and is an analysis done retrospectively on any actions taken during a sequence of events.
The after-action report is used in both professional analytical settings and military settings. In the military, this report is generally used to gauge performance standards for soldiers. A military after-action report is designed to aid a soldier in discovering why an event happened, and how they can use it to both improve weaknesses and maintain their strengths.
As of 2015, there are two main forms of after-action reports that are analytical and literary report forms. In a majority of cases, a typical after-action report contains elements of both literary and analytical data. An after-action report follows a set structure scheme and begins with an overview of the sequence being analyzed. The report also includes, in order, the goals and objectives of the event, analysis of results, analysis of critical task performance, a summary of the events and any recommendations made by the analyst.
Some modern examples of after-action reports include a business project evaluation or a summary of a video game playing session.