'How to' Write Up Your Research: Some Tips to Get You Started

National Foundation for Educational Research

12 November 2013

One of a series of Research in Schools ‘How to’ Guides, designed to help practitioners run research projects in education. To support schools in engaging with and running research, we have made our popular ‘How to’ Guides available to download free of charge.

Writers block? Not sure where to start? Writing up a research report can be a daunting prospect, but this simple, succinct, easy-to-read guide takes you through some of the main questions and concerns you might have. Indeed, thinking about your report and how you want to present your findings should be done at the planning stage.

This guide not only provides you with tips to get you started on your report, it also takes you through each stage of development, highlighting what your report should contain. It is handy as a checklist to ensure you have covered everything and helpful to distinguish how you present your qualitative and quantitative data. Putting your evidence into charts, graphs, tables, diagrams and more, helps to get your message across clearly.

Written by NFER researchers, this guide will ensure your methods of research are based on professional guidance.

This guide was published in 2013 and was correct at the time of publication. Users are encouraged to check for the latest advice on data protection with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation. For further information please visit the ICO website.