What are the different types of reports and how does the three step writing process apply to report writing?
So what exactly are reports? What are the different types and format are that they written in? Well a report is a document that conveys information in an orderly fashion about a specific issue or problem. A report should contain only factual information and should serve a distinct purpose. Reports are usually written at the request of someone to determine a solution or conclusion. There are many different types of reports depending on what you are writing about such as long, short, email, operational, progress, problem, audit, analytical, informational, management, market analysis, credit, sales, formal and informal. The following show what a couple of them are used for normally. (Business report Organization, 2002)
Management reports compare actual results and forecast anticipated future performance or sales. Market Analysis measures and evaluates actual sales of a product or service. Business proposals are considered reports they are a proposal of a business partnership and all the details involved in that venture. Business Plans are designed to raise money by describing a business venture to a potential investor. It summarizes the operational and financial objectives of the business. Informational reports collect data for the reader. Analytical reports interpret the data but do not recommend an action. Recommendation reports give a solution or action. Audit reports interpret the financial data for an organization over the past year. Problem solving reports identify the cause of a problem and recommend a solution. Progress reports summarize the work done on a project so far. Those are just a sampling of the types of reports and there uses. Of course you must know what your report needs to show before you can decide what type of report you must write. (Stategic Planning, n.d.)
Before you even start to write anything there are some things that you...