| ||Applied research and demonstration projects require formal reporting either at project completion or at intervals during the project. Report timing and format are usually specified by the agency funding the project. Most report formats include the following information:
Example of a table presenting project results:
- Abstract or Summary - Briefly summarize the project, usually in half a page or less. Highlight results or progress to date, including any significant deviations from the original objectives.
- Background and Objectives - Explain the need for the project and state its purpose.
- Methods - Outline the project design and any significant details of the procedures used. Provide enough detail so others could repeat your experiment if desired.
- Results - For final reports, describe the project results. For interim reports, summarize the work completed to date. Be objective when reporting your results; don't try to make them fit a preconceived conclusion. Measurements (e.g., yields, weight gains, weed populations, etc.) should be included. Results may be presented in tables or graphs. An example of a table is shown below.
- Conclusions - State whether or not the project's objectives were met. State any factors that contributed to the project outcome. Describe any formal or informal evaluations of the awareness phase of the project, assess this phase and summarize ideas for improving future projects.
Table 1 Crop yields by rotation and tillage type, 1989
* yields followed by the same letter do not differ significantly, based on unpaired-test (P<0.05).
|Continuously Cropped ||Conventional Tillage |
|Continuously Cropped ||Minimum Tillage |
|Continuously Cropped ||Zero Tillage |
|Crop-Fallow ||Conventional Tillage |
|Crop-Fallow ||Minimum Tillage |
|Crop-Fallow ||Zero Tillage |