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Reports allow you to communicate key information to a selected audience. The most effective reports lead to better outcomes for all involved. By equipping yourself with tried-and-tested planning, and writing techniques, you can establish standardised templates to communicate a variety of information.

This Producing Effective Reports course gives you the skills to understand what your reader is looking for, the ability to organise key information and greater confidence. Through hands on exercises and reviewing real-life examples, you will practise writing reports, which will help you convey information in a more efficient way.

What previous delegates have said about Producing Effective Reports:

“Fantastic course would attend another date if this was longer, great presentation of content.” – Parking and Operations Manager, Tending District Council

“The trainer Sue was extremely knowledgeable and very engaging the course was very informative and provided real tools for us to use in order to produce purposeful and effective reports. I will definitely be recommending this course to colleagues.” – Science and Technology Facilities Council

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to plan and structure an engaging report
  • Effectively organise information within a report
  • Discover ways of presenting data to enhance the impact of your report
  • Develop a persuasive writing style to put forward a clear, convincing case
  • Practise effective report editing techniques
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:30

The Basics of Effective Report Writing

  • Understanding the reader
  • The POWER principles
  • Producing a hierarchy of information for different readers
10:30 - 11:15

Report Writing Workshop I: Planning

  • Discover planning tools and frameworks
  • Develop techniques to help you identify relevant purpose and content
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:15

Report Writing Workshop II: Organising Information

  • Understand how to group different types of information
  • Learn how to effectively present information
  • Discuss reading patterns on paper and on screen to decide on the best layout for your work
  • Gain best practice techniques to focus on value not volume of information

Workshop III: Writing

  • A practical exercise in rewording and reordering
  • Providing feedback – a practical exercise in how to give and receive constructive, objective advice
12:45 - 13:30


  • Learn the best methods to visualise data
  • Utilise charts and other visuals to enhance the presentation of your data
  • Use data to enhance the impact of your report
13:30 - 16:00

Report Writing Workshop IV: Editing Reports

  • Learn the most effective and ruthless editing techniques
  • Using real life materials, delegates will edit a document and create an effective summary

Report Writing Workshop V: Reviewing Real-Life Materials

  • To embed today’s learning, participants will review real-life reports to quality assure them using some criteria discussed during the day’s course
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation and Close

  • Learn the most effective editing techniques
  • Spot and reduce grammatical errors
  • Practise separating ‘must know’ from ‘could know’  to create concise and readable reports
  • Using a range of real life materials, delegates will edit a document and create an effective, well-structured report for critique by other participants
  • Flexible coffee break taken to break up the session


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