Dr. Marty Draper
Professor and Head, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University. Former National Plant Pathology Program Leader, NIFA.
Broadcast Date: May 24, 2017
Writing project reports are widely viewed as a waste of time that no one ever pays any attention to. That myth could not be farther from the truth. However, the statement does hold true for poorly written reports. A poorly written report is not only a waste of time, it also provides no value to anyone. Conversely, a well written report can benefit the individual reporting on their project and anyone else that might have a need for the information. That includes administrators that want to show the productivity of their organization or someone trying to justify the expenditure of funds. How you write an impact statement is completely different from communicating scientific results. Knowing your potential audience and how to reach them in understandable language is crucial to your success. Well communicated outcomes raise the profile of the scientist and can help show the value of the research to non-scientific audiences.
Anyone that writes progress reports for their administration or funding source; are required
to write impact statements as part of their performance evaluations or as part of grant requirements.