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Many administrators and other personnel working in humanitarian emergencies spend a lot of time reading survey reports. Based on such reports, how can they know whether a survey was done well or poorly?

Other workers spend a lot of time writing survey reports. How can they convince readers that their survey is valid and useful?

All survey reports should contain certain essential things:

  • Executive summary
  • Introduction and/or background
  • Goals and objectives of the survey
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations

Following is a list of questions readers should ask themselves as they read a survey report and writers should ask themselves as they write a survey report.