a) Prepare the report manually
This option is always possible and may be the most practical one where you have a one-off survey requiring one report. However, with the right software, time can be saved and errors minimised. This becomes an unattractive route if you need multiple reports, such as where you are conducting a multi-country survey. Similarly, if you have a tracking study, you will prefer to update all or part of the report automatically.
b) Use tools within an off-the-shelf software package
Many of the lower-cost online platforms have some charting or reporting tools. Generally, of course, they are more powerful as you buy higher-priced products, but not always! Snap has tools for making charts, tables of figures, summaries, word clouds and more, for example. You can output these reports as PDFs or use the output in PowerPoint, for example.
c) Clients gaining access to data and reports
Further, Snap allows your clients or colleagues to view reports online. When it comes to reporting, there is a considerable difference between software that produces reportable data and data that you can only view inside the software itself. Some software tools will make it easy to output data, so that you can prepare charts, for example, in Excel easily; others will not have these facilities and ‘trap’ your data inside the system.