I have encountered many report layouts over the years and am attempting to compile a list of contents here of information which each report should contain, regardless of software/platform. I'd love to get your opinion about this.
I recall an article on EE about this quite some time ago but am unable to locate it.
In my own opinion, any report should contain;
2. Content summary (what data and any exclusions which may have been applied to the data set)
3. Business/client info (report for business stream or client X)
4. Contacts (who is the primary contact responsible for any queries relating to the report contents)
5. Distribution and/or subscription (who receives this report or where can it be pulled? Where can one gain acces if required?)
6. Refresh rate ( when is updated data available?)
7. Document version control (version,owner,date,change log)
8. Company information
9. Report contents
10. Glossary of terms and/or calculations
11. Appendix (if the main report is a dashboard)
So, what would you always add to a report? No specifically the layout but what generic sections such as the above?
Your opinions are much valued!