KEY FEATURES: Introduces students to developing research questions and shows their importance in driving research design. Rarely taught topics, such as how to enter and clean data, offer students information missed in both research methods and statistics courses. Shows how to write up survey results for academic, business and nonprofit reports to alleviate the confusion students feel about how to write up findings. Rigorous treatment of sampling focuses on many sampling issues from probability theory to weighting. Offers the process of actually conducting a survey with advice on administering surveys, incentives, and improving response rates.

What Is a Good Report Outline?

Erin Ruel

There are several good report outlines that can be used. In Table 94.1, outlines are presented for an academic journal, an evaluation report, and a policy-type report. All three have a lot in common. The abstract for a journal article is not the same as an executive summary. Abstracts tend to be around 150 words, whereas executive summaries are one full page. Journals supplement the abstract with an introduction. Evaluation reports skip directly to the background piece. In a journal article, the background is a review of existing research on the topic of interest. For evaluations, it consists of describing the program including its aims, participants, and staff. A policy report uses the introduction for describing ...

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