An RSPCA Australia research report uses scientific evidence to examine a specific emerging animal welfare issue in depth. It is similar in structure to a literature review in a scientific journal, fully referenced, but may not be as comprehensive. Research reports provide an analysis, summary and conclusions based on the available evidence. Research reports are usually generated by RSPCA science staff or external consultants acting under their supervision.
The purpose of a research report is to summarise information on an emerging animal welfare issue and draw conclusions based on the available evidence for an internal and external specialist audience.