What to be avoided when writing evaluation reports
I’ve written previously about what is recommend in putting together a *good* evaluation report.
I came across an interesting fact sheet from the Bruner Foundation on “Using evaluation findings (pdf)”. On page three the authors list eight points to be avoided in writing evaluation reports, sumarised as follows:
1. Avoid including response rates and problems with your methodology as part of your findings.
2. Avoid reporting both numbers and percents unless one is needed to make the other clear.
3. Avoid listing in a sentence or a table, all of the response choices for every question on a survey or record review protocol.
4. Avoid reporting your results with excessive precision.
5. Avoid feeling compelled to keep your results in the same order as they appeared on the survey or the interview protocol.
6. Avoid compartmentalizing your results.
7. Avoid feeling compelled to use all of the information you collected.
8. Avoid including any action steps or conclusions that are not clearly developed from your findings.
Entry filed under: Evaluation reporting. Tags: .