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Guidelines for Student Project Reports

Project Closure: Final Report or Project Summary

CURA Community-Based Research Programs require student research assistants to complete and submit a final report to the CURA program and the community organization directing the project. This final report assures the project research will be available to community organizations that may not have participated in the project. The purpose of the report is to show how the project met the objectives set by the community organization.

At the completion of the project, the report will be posted on the CURA website and placed in the CURA library as a resource for researchers and community organizers. For more information on how to publicize your work, see Publicizing Your CURA Project.

If your project does not include a formal final report, you still need to provide a project summary. Write a brief summary of your work on the project, outlining the goals and objectives, the tasks and tools that were utilized, your research findings, and the project's final outcome.

Please include all of the following in your final report:

  • Table of Contents: If possible, use the format-style feature in the Microsoft Word program to automatically generate a table of contents.
  • Section Headings: clearly label different sections of the report.
  • Executive Summary: briefly summarize the project's goals, objectives, and findings.
  • Page Numbers: center at the bottom or top of the report pages.
  • Report Catalog Sheet: enclose with the report to identify relevant subjects and neighborhoods so that the report can be properly cataloged

Helpful Hints in Creating a Resource Tool for Community Organizers:

  • Include an Executive Summary to give the busy reader an overview of your findings.
  • Highlight your findings (what is likely to be most useful information for the community organization).
  • Recommendations for next steps or further research are appropriate.
  • Recommendations for community action should not just be your opinion, but rather should be presented as alternatives that may be pursued, with an analysis of the pros, cons, and implications of each.

When sending your final report or project summary, include the following:

  • A printed hardcopy (one-sided) of the report or summary
  • An electronic copy saved as a PDF document (preferred) or a Microsoft Word document
  • Original (native format) electronic files for all maps, charts, diagrams, photos, or other graphics that appear in the report

Send all reports and summaries to:

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
301—19th Ave, S.
330 HHH Center
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-625-0744
E-mail: tranx764@umn.edu