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Reporting your findings

The resources that follow provide ideas for producing reports and sharing evidence i other ways that will communicate messages effectively. Initially, some general guides are listed as starting points. Specific resources are then presented for writing reports, quantitative data presentation and sharing findings through dialogue

 

 

General guides

Impact toolkit Impact toolkit ESRC

This impact toolkit contains advice about reporting findings.

 

Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS)

Evaluation Support Scotland has produced three resources that provide accessible information about communicating the outcomes of evaluations and other types of investigation.

  • Evaluation support guide 3.3 report writing
  • This six-page document gives information about planning and constructing a report. There is guidance about reporting quantitative and qualitative findings and drawing attention to the headline results.

 

 

  • Evidence for success. The guide to getting evidence and using it
  • Part 2 of this document has some useful ideas about how to communicate evidence to change policy and practice, drawing on understandings of policy cycles. This has been developed from the experience of practitioners, policy makers, researchers and funders and is highly practical. It provides some principles to consider when seeking to influence policy.

 

Writing reports

 

Reporting research findings Wilder Research

This nine-page document provides information on preparing written reports. There are useful tips on presenting both numerical and qualitative data.

 

Report and support use of findings Better Evaluation

This three-page document provides ideas on how to report findings, including more creative approaches. There are suggestions about how to develop recommendations based on findings and to use findings to inform practice.

 

Top tips to communicate research effectively Scottish Third Sector Research Forum

This accessible three-page document provides some ideas of different ways to present findings.

 

Quantitative data presentation

 

Making data meaningful part 2: a guide to presenting statistics The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

This resource is accessible and clearly written. It contains lots of advice and tips. There are sections on presenting data in tables and charts with examples of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ presentations and on writing style and wording.

 

Interactive graph chooser Depict Data Studio

This web-based interactive resource gives detailed guidance about different types of graph, explaining what each graph type can illustrate. There is the option to view an Excel spreadsheet to see how the data has been entered to produce the different graphs.

 

A guide to writing about statistics Office for National Statistics

This resource provides guidance on using tables and charts. There is a section on how to report findings on the internet and social media. The section on the Office for National Statistics House style may be useful for prompting reflection on language and the general tone of any reporting.

Sharing findings through dialogue

There are many other ways you can share findings. For instance, you might want to consider the community of enquiry approach. The DEEP website will have more resources on these dialogue-based methods.

 

Community of enquiry guide IRISS

This provides a practical step-by-step guide to using a community of enquiry approach.