Produce a research report

Business Sectors (Suites): Environmental Conservation
Developed by: Lantra
Approved on: 30 Mar 2020


This standard covers the production of a research report. This is a formal document that details the findings, conclusions and recommendations from a piece of research. It may be produced by the researcher from data he or she has gathered or be based on research carried out by others.

It is expected that the final document will include a bibliography and referencing, in line with accepted conventions, relevant to the scale of the research and the audience. The document may range from an internal research report to a formal document for publication.

This standard is suitable for those with responsibility for producing research reports.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. produce a research report that contains findings in a format suited to its purpose and in line with the relevant legal, ethical, organisational and customer requirements
  2. confirm that your report contains the required supporting data in accordance with customer requirements
  3. present findings in a format, language and style suitable for the target audience
  4. address issues of copyright and intellectual property rights
  5. include all relevant bibliographic references in line with current conventions
  6. acknowledge collaborators, contributors and funding sources when producing a research report
  7. make the report available within the required timescale
  8. maintain confidentiality of the information in accordance with relevant legal and customer requirements

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the methods of presenting research findings and how to apply them to a research report
  2. the principles of evidence-based reporting
  3. the importance of using secondary research data to support the conclusions and recommendations in a research report
  4. the relevant regulatory, legal and ethical requirements affecting the presentation, publication and dissemination of information
  5. your target audience and their requirements for the presentation of findings
  6. the timescales within which reporting must take place and the reasons for this
  7. your organisation or customer requirements and expectations regarding style, content and presentation of research findings e.g. house style, requirements of scientific journals
  8. the current conventions for supplying a bibliography and referencing of information
  9. who needs to receive copies of the report
  10. the relevant sources of expert advice and how to access and use these to support the content of a research report
  11. intellectual property rights and copyright issues
  12. the current data protection legislation and the importance of confidentiality and sensitivity of information when producing research reports


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2025





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Relevant Occupations

Access Officer, Conservation Officer, Ecologist, Environmental and Land-based occupations, Environmental Management Officer, Head of Environment, Property Manager, Ranger

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research; findings; report