At a project meeting I’d attended, the funders talked about reporting, how they would like funded projects to tell them what worked and what had not. Especially what had not. They didn’t get to hear much about that.
I wonder if they were surprized at the overwhelming positivity of the reports that were used to receiving. Probably not.
You have to be extremely confident to deliver a faults and all report to your funders or your peers. That you can without loss of face or risk of future funding demonstrates the maturity of your audience.
I count it a high compliment that other have shared their project failings in my presence. Not only do I not want to reinvent the wheel, I do not want to rediscover the pothole.
If funders find that they are not hearing the whole story they wish to look to how they create the kind of environment whereby projects can report fully with confidence.