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A report on a research study
Learn how to write a report on a research study for your company.
Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.
- Organise your report in sections and give each section a heading.
- The wording of the headings may differ. For example, you could title the third section Findings or Main findings. However, the structure of all reports is generally the same:
- a description of the background situation and purpose of the report
- details of how the study was conducted
- the main findings
- recommendations based on those findings.
- State practical details such as where the research was conducted, how many people participated and which methods were used (questionnaires, focus groups, interviews, etc.).
- Use bullet points where appropriate to present points clearly.
- Provide statistics or evidence to back up your claims.
- Use an impersonal style of writing in order to sound objective. Using the passive voice helps to do this. Avoid using the pronoun I (but we is sometimes used).
- Support your recommendations by explaining the benefits they would bring. Alternatively, warn what may happen if the recommendations are not implemented.