Report Redesign

Report Redesign, October 2021

Instructor: Ann K. Emery

When you hear the term “dusty shelf report,” what comes to mind? Even if you haven’t heard that term, you’ve seen one: Times New Roman, size 12, double-spaced, one-inch margins. Too much narrative and too few visuals. Or, monotonous visuals: mostly bar charts or maps.

Formatting is important, but what matters most is the impact. When was the last time your report actually influenced real-world decisions? Our reports have the potential to drive policy decisions, budgeting decisions, and programmatic decisions—when they are designed well, accessible, and delivered to the right people at the right time.

In this one-module training with Ann K. Emery, you’ll learn techniques for transforming dusty shelf reports into reports that actually inform decisions using software you already have, like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Module 1: Overview of Report Redesign
October 27, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. EDT

You’ll learn how to:

  • Match your dissemination format’s complexity to your audience
  • Follow the 30-3-1 approach
  • Design a one-pager with our eight ingredients
  • Visually chunk content with color-coded dividers
  • Aim for 1+ visual per page
  • Add 15+ styles of visuals using our checklist
  • Go beyond the bar chart

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