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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