EFFECTIVE REPORTING SKILLS & PROFESSIONAL WRITING

ONLINE: MARCH 12 - APRIL 09 2024

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MASTER EFFECTIVE REPORTING SKILLS & PROFESSIONAL WRITING FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS

As development professionals, our reports have to lead to action and support informed project decision-making. Effective reporting helps managers understand what is happening on the ground, and steers projects towards results - while keeping both beneficiaries and donors satisfied.

This course equips you with the practical tools and skills you need to produce reports that lead to action. You will learn a step-by-step process for reporting that will reduce wasted time and deadline stress, and ensure your writing has impact.

GAIN THE EXPERTISE TO CREATE ACTION

SET REPORTING OBJECTIVES: Learn how to define clear reporting objectives by understanding the reader’s expectations. Understand how to deconstruct the report template / TOR so you can manage complex reports and team reporting efforts.

GET TO GRIPS WITH DATA: Learn how to select the most effective data collection methods for your project M&E. Unlock your ability to map valuable insights and draw meaningful conclusions, revealing the stories behind the numbers.

PLAN & ORGANIZE YOUR WRITING: Learn an innovative approach to report planning that allows you to build your writing around its objectives. Acquire the skills to organize your ideas persuasively, ensuring maximum impact and engagement.

COMMUNICATE WITH IMPACT: Master the art of clear communication and learn techniques to keep your readers interested and alert.

A PRACTICAL APPROACH THAT GETS RESULTS

We understand the challenges faced by development and humanitarian professionals when it comes to reporting and professional writing. Our course takes a practical approach, providing actionable solutions to overcome these challenges. Through a mix of theory, hands-on exercises and real-life examples, you will gain skills that can be applied immediately, ensuring positive outcomes both during and beyond the course.

BUILD CONFIDENCE AND EFFICIENCY: Say goodbye to writer's block and deadline stress. This training offers a systematic approach to reporting and professional writing, giving you the tools and skills to create high-quality reports consistently.

MAKE AN IMPACT: Your reports will contribute to better-managed, responsive projects and improved results.

ELEVATE YOUR DONOR RELATIONS: Forge stronger relationships with your donors through well-organized, clear and persuasive reports. Experience the satisfaction of increased stakeholder support and deeper engagement with your cause.

COURSE STRUCTURE: BALANCING CONVENIENCE AND ENGAGEMENT

Our course is designed to fit into your schedule, enabling effective learning and application of knowledge. Here's what you can expect:

DYNAMIC LIVE SESSIONS AND SELF-STUDY: Benefit from the best of both worlds. Engage in interactive live sessions conducted via Zoom (and recorded for future reference), where expert instructor Neil Kendrick will guide you through the learning process. Access downloadable course videos, worksheets, and supplementary materials for self-study between sessions at your own pace.

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK AND GROWTH: We value your progress. After completing the course, you'll have the opportunity to submit a report for personalized feedback. We will provide valuable insights to help you refine your skills and achieve greater impact.

CERTIFICATION OF PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate recognizing your expertise in reporting skills and professional writing.

"I have started to apply the skills I gained from the online training almost immediately. I found the course to be highly relevant and eye-opening. I would recommend the course to anyone who has to prepare written reports in their work." - Haifa Naeem, Consultant, Anti-Corruption Commission, Maldives

"The course was engaging and relevant. Neil was able to deliver the course in a manner that was simple and easy to understand." - Yvonne Manase, Public Health Cosultant, Zimbabwe

"I've never experienced a course like ELD before. It's amazing, effective and enhanced my English writing." - Nazrul Islam, District Facilitator, UNDP Bangladesh

 

COURSE PROCESS & SCHEDULE

This is a combination of dynamic live sessions conducted using ZOOM and off-line self study. As soon as you sign up you get immediate, lifetime access to all the course materials - downloadable course videos, worksheets and extra materials.

There are five weekly meetings over the course period, to give you enough time to apply the learning to your own project concept while still managing your regular work. Each Tuesday, starting from 23 January, we meet live at 10.00 UTC for around 60 minutes to review / preview and deal with questions. Between meetings you work through the materials and tasks (videos and exercises) and share work in progress. You can see current UTC time here.

TRAINING SCHEDULE

Meeting 1: Tuesday 12 March 2024 10.00-11.00 UTC
Meeting 2: Tuesday 19 March 2024 10.00-11.00 UTC
Meeting 3: Tuesday 26 March 2024 10.00-11.00 UTC
Meeting 4: Tuesday 2 April 2024 10.00-11.00 UTC
Meeting 5: Tuesday 9 April
2024 10.00-11.00 UTC

Assignment deadline for feedback: 25 April 2024

COURSE CURRICULUM



“I liked how this course was flexible to fit into our schedule and the Zoom meetings were engaging. I learned interesting new approaches such as the Fog Index and Mind Mapping. As someone who writes every day as part of my work, from emails to evaluations, what I gained from this course will help me improve how I convey my message for stronger writing.” – Sarah, OXFAM GB, Lebanon.

"I've learnt what I needed. I have a better understanding of the principles of professional writing and the writing process. I have been able to apply the learned skills to my writing and I appreciate the change. If I had had it earlier, I would have written better reports!" - Florence Naluyinda-Kitabire, Public Health Consultant, Uganda

“Thanks for going through my report and all the recommendations. I really enjoyed the report analysis you did. My report writing will never be the same again.” - Robson Vambe, TechnoServe, Zimbabwe

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