Data reports are not the same as data analyses. It’s like with your checking account. Sometimes you just want a quick report of your balance. That information from the bank’s database has to be up-to-date and readily available when you need it. Reports may include all the data or just summaries and graphs. People looking at a report have to figure out what it means. If you want to figure out where you’re spending your money, you have to conduct an analysis. You’ll have to compile the data, scrub out anomalies, look for patterns, and interpret the results. People looking at an analysis have to figure out what to do with the information.
Reports = data + descriptive statistics and graphs
Analyses = data + number crunching + interpretation