Executive Summary/Final Report for NACA® Research Grant Recipients
These reports should be submitted at the conclusion of the study.
An executive report is a short document that summarizes research results in such a way that readers can rapidly become acquainted with your body of material.
An executive report usually contains a brief statement of the problem and/ or purpose of the research, background information, concise analysis and main conclusions.
Your executive report should:
- be written in language appropriate for the target audience [in this case, visitors to the NACA website, so easy to understand by a wide variety of people].
- consist of short and concise paragraphs
- start with the reason the research was conducted
- describe the methodology:
- setting (University, department, program, etc.)
- participants (how many, things about them such as gender, race, year in school, position, etc.)
- data collection methods (did you use an instrument? A guide? A survey? Observation? Etc.)
- data analysis methods (how did you figure out what that data meant? Did you code survey or interview or focus group? Who did the analyses?)
- continue with:
- Results (quantitative) and findings (qualitative). What does the data tell us (in a raw way)?
- Conclusions: What do the results and/or findings mean?
- Implications for practice and future research. What is next in terms of the application of conclusions? What research may be next?
- Limitations (things that went wrong, unintentional oversights, low response rates, finding out that the data collection method didn't work the way you wanted it to, etc.)
- make effective use of graphics (if there are any)
- include acknowledgements
- include the contact information of the researchers in case readers have questions