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REPORTING SKILLS & PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Learn How To Easily Create And Deliver Reports That Lead To Action

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START DATE: 5 JANUARY 2019

  • Do You Spend Too Much Time Reporting?
  • Do Your Reports Support Effective Decision-Making?
  • Are You Missing Lessons Learned - And Opportunities For Your Projects Perform Better?

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:

  • Support good decision-making
  • Capture important lessons learned
  • Are a solid basis for Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning & Sharing


Imagine having a process that you could follow, time after time, so that you could:

  • Easily set reporting objectives and select the most appropriate data collection methods
  • Analyse the data and draw conclusions / identify lessons learned


And having the tools to:

  • Plan your writing around the report objectives and reader's needs
  • Organise your ideas in a logical, persuasive way
  • Communicate clearly and in a way that keeps your readers interested and alert
  • Edit like a professional


This practical training course will teach you all of this and more.

About This Course

This flexible, self-paced, practical course will teach you how to:


  • Reduce wasted time and deadline stress
  • Create more impactful writing - impressing managers and donors
  • Persuade your readers to take action and support good project decision making


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:

  • You will always know what to do each time you report
  • Your reports will take less time, are less stressful and of higher quality
  • Your reports will be actionable - contributing to better managed, more responsive projects and better results


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:

  • Set clear reporting objectives
  • Gather, analyse and understand the data collected
  • Plan, draft and edit your report clearly, concisely and persuasively so it gets results

Class Curriculum


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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:

  • Plan projects
  • Gather and organise data
  • Analyse information
  • Plan and draft their writing

This is something you won't learn anywhere else and will transform the way you work.

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:

  • Free yourself from deadline panic by having a process you can follow every time you have to report
  • Consistently turn out actionable reports that support good project decisions
  • Capture lessons learned and opportunities to deliver the best results possible

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:

  • Lifetime access to a complete, structured, step-by-step practical training based on 1000s of hours experience in helping development professionals like you write reports that have impact and support good development decisions - all downloadable so you don't miss a thing
  • A personal review of your work to back up your certificate

So join me now, on this journey towards reporting skills and professional writing!

Neil Kendrick
Director
ELD TRAINING

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:

  • Downloadable lesson videos you can always refer to so you don't miss a thing
  • No travel costs - no hotels, planes and daily expenses to budget for
  • Flexible & practical learning - work at your own pace without interrupting your work or ongoing projects
  • Our 20-year track record of success helping development professionals like you better communicate their project results and success, keeping their donors happy in the process.

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