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How to Write a Report Proposal & Presentation

Updated April 17, 2017

Report Proposal

Step 1

Identify the research question or idea, in other words, what the report is trying to solve, find, identify or argue. This is the purpose of the report. Thesis-driven presentations should use background information to establish the basis of the thesis.

Step 2

Cite and write about previous research on the subject. Give a general survey of important works and concepts that establish the basis or relevance of the research.

Step 3

Establish any holes in previous research, according to the Claremont Colleges Writing Centers. Clearly state what your report will prove or solve and explain how this fills the holes in previous research or establishes the groundwork for further research.

Step 4

Write the conclusion with careful attention to any potential problems within your argument or research. Remember that your professor will review the report proposal and he will provide useful feedback on anticipated research dilemmas. Research dilemmas include anything from potential loopholes in argumentation to difficulty finding or obtaining information on a subject. Write the introduction last, since it summarizes the proposal.

Step 5

Distinguish between qualitative, or argument-based, research and quantitative, or numbers-based, research. Undergraduate students are not usually given the opportunity to propose and conduct their own statistical research, but students in laboratory classes may include statistical analysis in reports. Quantitative reports focus less on argumentation and more on statistical methodology and potential problems that could interfere with the quality of the study.

Proposal Presentation

Step 1

Prepare for the presentation by reviewing the assignment guidelines one more time. Unless indicated otherwise, deliver the presentation in the same order as the report proposal.

Step 2

Pay attention to time constraints and stick to the outline. Time the presentation before it is given.

Step 3

Provide an outline with source references for the students and professor.

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About the Author

Josalin Mitchell began her writing career in 2009. She has written web content as well as grants, training manuals, reports and brochures for nonprofit agencies. Mitchell has a Bachelor of Arts in English and women's studies and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching in English education.