Writing a report
Think about your audience: what context do you need to give them, how much detail do you need to include, what are the main/overarching/significant findings?
Think about how your report will be used: do you need to include recommendations for improvements? Do you need to include quotes to use in funding applications? Is there any information that other stakeholders or partners would find useful? Make sure that your ethical consent covers this.
Many people will not have the time or patience to read pages and pages of a report. You may want to keep a more detailed record of your findings for your own use (it can be useful to write out your findings in more detail before distilling them into a summary). But you want your research to be read, cited and used when it’s finished.
Think about how your findings might be used by other people and make sure that your report qualifies your findings e.g. if you had any issues with bias in the methods or analysis, if some people/groups were more represented than others. This will give your report rigour and validity.
You may have collected different types of data that can be used in different reports e.g. purely quantitative data (numbers) which gives you an idea of how many people turned up to an activity/event might go in a different report to qualitative data (evidence in the form of quotes, observations/interviews etc.)
This report template (pdf) may be useful as a guide. You may need to write a longer version before you write a summary.