This two-hour session has been developed to provide participants with advice and guidance on how to review Committee reports. Ideal for managers of officers who write reports, the programme would also be useful for those working within Committee Services who scrutinise formal reports.
During the session, the following areas will be covered:
- What makes a good report?
- How to measure a document’s readability
- Proofing and editing including common grammar and punctuation errors
- Providing feedback to report writers.
Full handouts are provided, together with copies of the PowerPoint Slides.
Welcome (5 mins)
- Programme objectives and overview
- Personal introductions
What makes a good Report? (15 mins)
- Features of a well-written document
- What measures can we use to assess the quality of a report?
Strategic Review (15 mins)
- Measuring a report against its purpose
- Typography and use of Council template
Readability and Language (45 mins)
- Clarity and clear English language
- How to measure the readability of a document
Proofing and Editing (20 mins)
- Proofing tips
- Common grammar and punctuation mistakes
Feedback Tips (15 mins)
- Techniques for providing constructive feedback to the report author
Programme review (5 mins)
- Key learning points
- Feedback and evaluation