Make sure that you set the right schedule. For instance, for long-term projects that last for half a year or more, setting daily progress report templates may be too frequent. On the other hand, if you need an overview of an event or a project happening in real-time for a week, a daily progress report may be warranted.
Keep your questions simple and specific. A key aspect of standardization is predictability. Once your team members get used to the same regular questions in the progress report, they'll know how to answer them more effectively.
Send the progress report template at the right time. For globally-distributed remote teams, this involves setting a schedule during each timezone's work hours. You may also want to send the progress report template during the early afternoon. Otherwise, if you send it later or during an inappropriate time of reporting, your team members might consider it as a last priority task, which can lead to brief, unsatisfactory answers.