Neither of us began our journey to become better report writers using the questions-driven referral-based format we currently advocate. Our progression is the result of years of teaching, research, reading, reflection, and rebuilding. This development is a dynamic process and we continue to modify and fine-tune our writing styles in the pursuit of a useful report.
Our final chapter is designed to provide specific strategies for solving problems and smoothing the transition to a new writing style. For many of our readers, you may have been using the same report structure or template for years. However, we hope that we have fostered a desire to give your reports a more useful purpose and provided clear steps on how to reach this goal. Change can be difficult, and in adopting this report-writing model you are also adopting a different way of addressing your evaluations. You are embracing the fact that report writing is an integral part of the assessment process and accepting the ethical and legal responsibility to make your reports more useful for your consumers. We applaud you for wanting to take that step.
This chapter is organized around frequently asked questions we receive from both students and professionals as they transition to a question-driven, referral-based report writing style. We have also included some summary questions to remind you of key themes in the book.