Reporting Can Be Time-Consuming, Hard Work
But as development professionals, it's also an important part of our responsibilities, and the basis for any effective Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning & Sharing system. Without a solid process for reporting, we often put it off. It sits like a black cloud on the horizon, until it suddenly becomes urgent - and we are rushing to put it all together to meet a deadline.
And there's a lot to manage - understanding the objectives, selecting the right methods to collect data, analysing that data, planning, drafting, editing, and, ultimately, persuading ... and so many steps where things can go off-track. No wonder we often lose time staring at a screen wondering what to write, looking for the 'right word', making false starts, or just putting it off until the last minute.
Poor Reporting Leads To Bad Decision-Making ...
And even when the report is complete, if we didn't follow a systematic approach, we can never be sure that we captured the real picture.
Reports are a basis for effective decision making. Poor quality reports lead to poor quality decisions that affect project success, and can even misinform an organisation's strategy. If the information coming in isn't a clear picture of what's really happening, then you can't take the right actions for project success.
... Repeated Mistakes And Missed Opportunities
A key part of reporting is capturing lessons learned - learning what went right and what went wrong, how to build on our success and how to avoid the mistakes of the past. When we don't learn those lessons, we miss opportunities to better serve our stakeholders - and lose donor support.
A PROCESS FOR REPORTING
Let me give you a road map for reporting so that you can easily and consistently turn out reports that:
Imagine having a process that you could follow, time after time, so that you could:
And having the tools to:
This practical training course will teach you all of this and more.
About This Course
Clear, Straightforward & Practical
This is a practical course. It's based on over 20 years training development professionals like you to write more effective reports - field reports, evaluations and research.
While templates and examples will go a certain way to helping you understand, you will learn through practical application. Applying the steps and tools in this course will ensure:
Tools You Can Apply Every Time
While you will get all the theory you need, we want you to learn the steps and tools in a way that you can apply time after time after the course is over.
You will also learn some key tools and tips you won't find anywhere else - such as how to adjust your writing style to different readers, or how to develop a collaborative report with your whole team.
We know development practice can often be very confusing. We take current best-practice and explain it in the most clear way possible - cutting through to what's important in ways you can understand and apply.
What's In The Course?
The course addresses the key challenges
faced by development professionals in reporting and professional
writing in a way that allows for maximum practical work.
You will learn a step-by-step method you can use every time you have to report. This practical course will teach you how to:
Learn How To Accelerate Your Productivity Through Mind Mapping
We are also going to teach you how to Mind Map using Mindjet's game-changing software to drastically increase your ability to manage and analyse complex information.
For 20 years we have taught people how to integrate this tool at every stage of reporting, project planning and proposal writing to better:
How It Works
This is a step-by-step course full of short, clear and practical videos, examples, exercises, discussions and tasks, along with all the reference materials you will need - all downloadable so you don't miss a thing.
The course is self-paced - which means you work at your own speed, giving you enough time to actually test out what you learn and seek support if you have any issues. Including the tasks, it should take 30 - 40 hours to fully complete the course.
PERSONAL WORK REVIEW
When you reach the end of the course you also get one-to-one, personal feedback on your report, via email or live chat (downloadable for future reference).
WHAT OTHER DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONALS SAY
"I wish I had taken this training sooner, as I have a made a lot of errors in the past in writing proposals. But now - whether in writing a sentence, a report or a proposal - I have a magic skill!" - Oxfam GB
"It was a practical training that dramatically transformed the acceptability of our reports to donors and our chance of securing funding in this highly competitive funding environment." - SOS Sahel
"The most useful and practical training I have participated in in years." - Africa Conservation Centre
"I am grateful that Sasakawa selected me for this training. Report writing had been a major problem for me throughout my career. This is the best job-related training I have ever had. " - Sasakawa Africa
"This training should be done for all staff of any institution to build the capacity of their teams. The training was beyond our expectations - not only because of the skills and knowledge I have gained, but how Neil inspired me and instilled confidence in me." - UNOCHA Somalia
Welcome From Course Instructor Neil Kendrick
Hello - and thanks for checking out this course!
I’m truly excited to teach you the vital skills involved in becoming a successful report writer.
For over 20 years, I've been helping development professionals like you to better communicate their successes and lessons learned - leading to better project decisions and more satisfied donors.
From my worldwide experience, you’ll quickly learn what works and what doesn't. I’ve developed this practical, step-by-step course for all those aspiring professional writers who couldn't join our training due to time, work, travel and cost constraints. Now - without having to book time off, or jump on a plane - you'll soon be able, at your own pace, to:
With my guidance, you’ll soon be following a straightforward process that is guaranteed to reduce stress, save time and get better results - time after time.
Applying even just a small part of what you learn on this course will increase your project's efficiency and lead to more effective decisions - and, just like donors, we all want results and value for money. Flying to a training, with all its extra costs, can often run into 1000s of dollars per person: think about air tickets, hotel bills, training fees, daily allowances and - of course - interrupted projects - it all adds up. And for less than the travel costs alone, in just a few moments you could have:
So join me now, on this journey towards reporting skills and professional writing!
Why Study Online With Us?
When considering Reporting Skills training, there are many benefits that make online study with ELD a practical, economic, flexible and effective investment, such as: