I am considering formatting my evaluation findings in PowerPoint rather than a traditional report format. What do you think of this idea? Do you have any tips for taking this approach?
I think it is definitely an idea worth exploring. Reports designed in a presentation software can potentially be more engaging, visually interesting, and more digestible if designed correctly.
Some other benefits of designing your reports in PowerPoint:
- It is a tool that more people have access to and knowledge using.
- Even if working with a designer, it is easier for you to make minor content edits (saving some back and forth time in the final clean-up).
- Great for viewing on digital devices.
- Your designs can still look professional by applying good design techniques.
Below are some sample slides from a recent report I helped a client design in PowerPoint.
Just to note: This design isn’t intended to be viewed as a presentation, but as something that someone would read up close (so it can use smaller font sizes).
Apply to your own designs:
- Look for ways to visually connect slides. See how the graphic carries over in the first two slides.
- Use the second page to include your key message or findings.
- Highlight one main message or idea per page.
- Challenge yourself to use a photo or graphic on each slide to help tell your story.
- Use color to help distinguish different chapters, sections or ideas.
- Include a navigation bar and icons to help the reader navigate content (these icons were right from PowerPoint).
- Use consistent styling and fonts throughout.
- Don’t forget to add links.
Looking for PowerPoint templates or inspiration, I recommend checking out these free presentation software templates from Duarte, Inc.