Slide presentation

PowerPoint presentation

A verbal presentation of results can ensure that intended users have an opportunity to be briefed on the results and to engage in a discussion about them.

Visual aids can provide support for inexperienced public speakers but can also get in the way of engaging directly with people.  Powerpoint, a Microsoft Office product, is commonly used but there are alternatives shown below in Tools.

Advice for using this method

If using PowerPoint:

  • Use the same style and formatting for each slide
  • Use a design template that supports the information and does not distract from it
  • Present information in phrases on the slide, not full sentences (except when quoting)
  • Do not read from the slides
  • Use a large, 20-point or larger size font
  • Time the presentation at one slide per minute
  • Set all the equipment up beforehand and test to make sure everything is in working order before the presentation begins.

Source: CRS and ARC (2008, p. 27).

Torres, R.T., H. Preskill, and M. E. Piontek. (2005). Evaluation Strategies for Communicating and Reporting: Enhancing Learning in Organizations. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Catholic Relief Services and American Red Cross (2008). ‘Communicating and Reporting on an Evaluation’. (PDF, 1.5MB)

John Paul Titlow. (2010). Read Write Biz ‘Hate PowerPoint? Here are 5 web-based alternatives.