The benefit start date only affects the benefits calculation for the idea.

The realized value is calculated by subtracting the baseline and actual values of the root node in the VDT. The order of the values in the calculation depend on the Expected Trend of the Root node:

  • Downward = Baseline - Actual
  • Upward = Actual - Baseline

In this case the trend is downward so

Realized Value = 6,983,545.00 - 5,328,229 .85

                       = 1655315.15