Good research report should satisfy some of the following basic characteristics:
Essentials Of A Good Report:
Good research report should
satisfy some of the following basic characteristics:
Reports should be easy to read
and understand. The style of the writer should ensure that sentences are
succinct and the language used is simple, to the point and avoiding excessive
A good layout enables the reader
to follow the report’s intentions, and aids the communication process. Sections
and paragraphs should be given headings and sub¬-headings. You may also
consider a system of numbering or lettering to identify the relative importance
of paragraphs and sub-paragraphs. Bullet points are an option for highlighting
important points in your report.
Make sure everything you write is
factually accurate. If you would mislead or misinform, you will be doing a
disservice not only to yourself but also to the readers, and your credibility
will be destroyed. Remember to refer to any information you have used to
support your work.
Take a break from writing. When
you would come back to it, you’ll have the degree of objectivity that you need.
Use simple language to express your point of view.
agree that the factors, which affect readability the most, are:
1. Attractive appearance
2. Non-technical subject matter
3. Clear and direct style
4. Short sentences
5. Short and familiar words
When first draft of the report is
completed, it should be put to one side atleast for 24 hours. The report should
then be read as if with eyes of the intended reader. It should be checked for
spelling and grammatical errors. Remember the spell and grammar check on your
computer. Use it!
Reinforcement usually gets the
message across. This old adage is well known and is used to good effect in all
sorts of circumstances e.g., presentations - not just report writing.
1. TELL THEM WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO
SAY: in the introduction and summary you set the scene for what follows in your
2. THEN SAY IT : you spell things out in
results/findings 3. THEN TELL THEM WHAT YOU SAID: you
remind your readers through the discussion what it was all about.
FEEDBACK MEETING It is useful to circulate copies
of your report prior to the feedback meeting. Meaningful discussion can then
take place during the feedback meeting with recommendations for change more
likely to be agreed upon which can then be included in your conclusion. The
following questions should be asked at this stage to check whether the Report
served the purpose: 1. Does the report have impact? 2. Do the summary /abstract do justice to the report? 3. Does the introduction encourage the reader to read
more? 4. Is the content consistent with the purpose of the
report? 5. Have the objectives been met? 6. Is the structure logical and clear? 7. Have the conclusions been clearly stated? 8. Are the recommendations based on
the conclusions and expressed clearly and logically?
Tags : Research Methodology - Types Of Reports: Characteristics Of Good Research Report
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