Structuring Your Report Handout [Report Summary]

Handouts aren’t necessarily sexy, but they can be an effective tool for sharing information (especially if you make them visually interesting).

By structuring them correctly, they can make your reports, research and presentations more digestible.

As a report designer, the biggest issue I see with handouts is the order that the information is presented. There is a tendency to lead with the methodology. Although the methodology is very important, the reader is probably most interested in the key things you learned.

Here’s how I recommend structuring your report handout:

  1. Start by leading with your main message in the title.
  2. Use the majority of your handout to provide evidence of that message (3-5 key findings). This is a great place to add in supporting visuals.
  3. Include a “Call to Action”. What should your reader do with this new knowledge?
  4. Finally, always end with a place for the reader to learn more!
Source: Structuring Your Report Handout, Elissa Schloesser at My Visual Voice
Source: Structuring Your Report Handout, Elissa Schloesser at My Visual Voice

 


**RESOURCE** To learn more, check out the tip sheet I created for the 2016 American Evaluation Association Annual Conference.

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