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Reports to Persuade & Make Recommendations - Chapter Summary
Explore these lessons to deepen your understanding of reports to persuade and make recommendations. At your own pace, learn about ethical issues surrounding formal report writing. Subject-matter experts also teach you about the structure of evaluation reports and white papers. After reviewing the lessons, you should be ready to:
- Discuss formal reports as documents used to solve problems
- List the three primary components of formal reports
- Outline the structure of recommendation reports
- Give an example of content used in recommendation reports
- Recall the structure of feasibility reports
- Detail the type of content used to write grants
- Explain how to create cover letters for technical documents
- Provide an overview of research and visuals in formal reports
Get better acquainted with reports to persuade and make recommendations with these mobile-friendly and concise lessons. Study all the lessons for a more comprehensive review or just focus on specific topics based on your needs. Need help? Submit questions to experts if you get stuck on a topic. Each lesson is accompanied by a short self-assessment quiz to test your comprehension of the topics covered.
1. Formal Reports as Problem-Solving Documents: Criteria & Standards
How do organizations solve problems and evaluate solutions? In this lesson, we'll examine the role of formal reports in organizational problem-solving, including the three major types of formal reports and the criteria for a great formal report.
2. The Three Main Components of Formal Reports
Organizations use formal reports to present information, analysis, and options to organizational leaders facing complicated problems, issues, or decisions. In this lesson, you'll learn about the three major components of formal reports.
3. How to Write Recommendation Reports: Purpose, Structure & Content
Deciding between two or more products or solutions can be an onerous process in business. In this lesson, we'll look at a helpful decision-making tool, the recommendation report. We'll examine what it is, what it includes, and how it is organized.
4. How to Write Feasibility Reports: Purpose, Structure & Content
What, exactly, is a feasibility report, and how is it written? In this lesson, we'll examine feasibility reports, including when they are needed, what content goes into a feasibility report, and the two most common organizations of feasibility reports.
5. How to Write Evaluation Reports: Purpose, Structure & Content
How do you decide whether a program or product is effective? In this lesson, we'll examine the evaluation report, including what they are, how they are used in business, what information is included in them, and how they are organized.
6. How to Write White Papers: Definition, Structure & Content
A White Paper is an issue-specific document, usually published by an authority on the subject, that presses a particular viewpoint about the best way to tackle an issue. This lesson explores the process of building a framework for a well-written White Paper.
7. How to Write Grants: Purpose, Structure & Content
Although grant writing can be time consuming and resource-intensive, well-written grant proposals can secure funds that would otherwise be out of reach. This lesson provides guidance on the general purpose, structure, and content of a grant proposal.
8. Creating Cover Letters for Technical Documents
A technical document cover letter is quite different in format and purpose when compared to a typical job seeker's cover letter. This lesson describes the structure and function of the technical document cover letter.
9. Research & Visuals in Formal Reports
Your technical writing may be superb, but at some point even the best writers need a little help to make their work more readable. In this lesson, we look at how research and visuals can assist in doing that.
10. Ethical Issues in Formal Report Writing
Businesses use formal reports for a variety of situations, but they are often fraught with ethical issues. In this lesson, we'll examine the ethics of formal report writing, including ethics when doing research and honesty issues when writing reports.
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Other chapters within the DSST Technical Writing: Study Guide & Test Prep course
- Basics of Technical Writing
- Prewriting for Technical Documents
- Technical & Business Writing Techniques
- Technical Editing & Rewriting
- Formatting Technical Documents
- Technical Document Design
- Usability Testing & Technical Writing
- Reports Designed to Inform
- Business Report & Proposal Basics
- Technical Instructions
- Writing Technical Manuals
- How to Write Proposals
- DSST Informational Resources
- DSST Technical Writing Flashcards