By Anna Hrovat-Staedter
Reporting and operations knowledge plays an important role in successful research conduct, from communicating with leadership and funding entities to informing decisions around study startup, protocol selection, and staff assignments. Having confident visibility into your research operations and resources has continued to grow as a priority for leadership across the country, evidenced by the increasing reliance on reporting and analytics teams.
However, the reporting landscape is wider than ever, ranging from ad hoc reporting off internal data warehouses to deployment of fully-fledged business intelligence solutions like Tableau or Power BI. Choosing the appropriate combination of methods, tools, and teams to derive meaningful, actionable information from your research data requires intentional planning for the highest return on investment. Here’s why thinking about reporting staff and tools as ‘either/or’ limits your organization’s potential.