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Research Methodology - Types Of Reports: Characteristics Of Good Research Report

Technical Report - Types Of Reports: Characteristics Of Good Research Report

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A technical report mainly focuses on methods employed, assumptions made while conducting a study, detailed presentation of findings and drawing inferences and comparisons with earlier findings based on the type of data drawn from the empirical work.

Technical Report
 
A technical report mainly focuses on methods employed, assumptions made while conducting a study, detailed presentation of findings and drawing inferences and comparisons with earlier findings based on the type of data drawn from the empirical work.

An outline of a Technical Report mostly consists of the following:
 
Title and nature of the study:
 
Brief title and the nature of work sometimes followed by subtitle indicate more appropriately either the method or tools used. Description of objectives of the study, research design, operational terms, working hypothesis, type of analysis and data required should be present.

Abstract of Findings:

 
A brief review of the main findings just can be made either in a paragraph or in one/two pages.
 

Review of current status:

 
 
A quick review of past observations and contradictions reported, applications observed and reported are reviewed based on the in-house resources or based on published observations. 

Sampling and Methods employed
 
Specific methods used in the study and their limitations. In the case of experimental methods, the nature of subjects and control conditions are to be specified. In the case of sample studies, details of the sample design i.e., sample size, sample selection etc are given.
 

Data sources and experiment conducted

 
 
Sources of data, their characteristics and limitations should be specified. In the case of primary survey, the manner in which data has been collected should be described.
 

Analysis of data and tools used.

 
 
The analysis of data and presentation of findings of the study with supporting data in the form of tables and charts are to be narrated. This constitutes the major component of the research report.
 

Summary of findings

 
 
A detailed summary of findings of the study and major observations should be stated. Decision inputs if any, policy implications from the observations should be specified.
 
References
 
A brief list of studies conducted on similar lines, either preceding the present study or conducted under different experimental conditions is listed.

Technical appendices

  
These appendices include the design of experiments or questionnaires used in conducting the study, mathematical derivations, elaboration on particular techniques of analysis etc.

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