Eight principles of effective reports

Effective reports

Outlined below are 8 principles that you can use to guide in you in developing effective reports:

  • Purpose: The purpose of the report and the key issues and questions it addresses are set out concisely. 
  • Methodology: The methodology followed in the report is provided and is appropriate to the questions being investigated.
  • Results: Information is clearly presented and described.
  • Analysis: Results are analysed objectively.
  • Discussion: Results and analysis are discussed in terms of research/industry/technical standards and related back to the purpose of the report.
  • Conclusions and recommendation: Conclusions and recommendations linked to findings are developed and provide a clear basis for decision-making.
  •  Structure: The report is well structured and easy to navigate.
  • Writing: The report is concise and easy to read.

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Five benefits of effective reports

Effective reports

Effective reports have many benefits that can be used to justify the time and cost these take to develop.  Some of these benefits are outlined below.

  • Data is gathered and analysed to provide clear findings which can be used for decisions.
  • A rigorous, objective methodology ensures that findings and recommendations are evidence-based and not arbitrary or subjective.
  • A critical approach to data and methodology helps to identify weaknesses and make these explicit so that these can be taken into account.
  • The report is well structured and easy to navigate enabling the reader to quickly review areas they wish to look at.
  • The writing in the report is precise and ambiguity is avoided.

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