Decision Log Template | FREE Download

During a project there will be choices, approvals and alternatives to be considered. It can be a life saver to have a record of when and who made a decision. Particularly during project reviews when it can resolve conflicts and inform lessons learned.
This is a FREE Decision Log Template in Excel. It includes:
  • Decision category
  • Decision detail
  • Person responsible
  • Decision date
  • Comments
We have included helpful hints and some example entries in the template to get you started.

This is a FREE Decision Log Template in Word and PDF. The template is fully editable with Microsoft Word and can be converted or changed to suit your project requirements.

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The contents of the Decision Log Template


Field Description and Tips to Complete


Project details and document control

Provide information on the project and document:
  • Project Name and Reference
  • Project Manager
  • Document Date

Decision ID

Give each decision a unique identifier or reference so that it can be easily traced.


Categorise the decision type. For example, approval, process, contractual, financial, technical.


Describe the decision, the context, and impact. Include details of any related changes, for example updates required to the project schedule, creation or approval of a change order, follow-on actions to be taken etc.

Responsible party

Record the person or group which made the decision. For example, the project board or project sponsor.

Decision date

Record the date the decision was made. It may also be worth recording where it was made, for example, in 14 October Project Steering Committee.


Note down any other useful information. For example, alternatives considered, the reason for the final decision and any related documentation (meeting minutes, background information).

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