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Setting out your results and findings

The results and findings section of your dissertation follows the data analysis and appears before the conclusions and discussion section. It should be as long as is needed to summarise the results you gathered, try to be as concise and focused as possible. In the results and findings section, you lay out exactly what it is that you found by applying the methodology described in the previous section. The aim is to present your findings in a clear and unambiguous manner. The reader should be able to understand your results with ease and draw their own conclusions from them.

Many students struggle to structure their results section correctly and try to fill up space with a display of all the raw data they collected. Other mistakes include using too many graphics or not referring them in the text. You need to write a dissertation results and findings section that is a concise and well presented summary of your most relevant results.
 
Another mistake is to ignore negative results or attempt to explain them away. Just because your data analysis produced unexpected results it does not mean that you did anything wrong, or that your results are no use. You will need to illustrate and discuss any negative results but not interpret them. Understanding this is vital to writing a successful dissertation results section and many people get it wrong. The results and finding section of your dissertation should include the following;

•    An introductory section where you offer a general picture of your results. Summarise your results
•    A summary of your actual findings using graphics and tables. Display your results
•    A more detailed presentation of your findings clearly broken down into sections to make them easily understood. Present your results in more detail
•    A clear presentation of your most important findings. Focus on the key results

Are your findings faithful to what you actually found in your dissertation – do you claim more than you should? Don’t exaggerate your results and findings. Have you provided enough evidence to make a convincing case? Have you presented everything directly relevant to the question in such a way that the reader doesn’t have to flip back and forth to make her or his own connections? Are results or findings clearly and accurately written, easy to read, grasp and understand?

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