Tools for Disseminators

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The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities is pleased to post the resources that have emerged from the Dissemination Initiative.

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Disseminating for Impact Series

The Disseminating for Impact series was launched by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities as a vehicle for beginning and furthering the Dissemination CoP‘s discussions.

Issue 1You’re Invited
Here’s your invite to join the Dissemination CoP. Find out what the plot is, why we’ve started the CoP, and what you can gain and contribute by joining.

Issue 2 | Starting the Discussion
Take a quick look at key points in the dissemination research, which we’ve also distilled in our blog posts on the main page: the 10 questions we’re itching to ask, conceptual underpinnings, and dissemination’s bottom line. Why repeat the blog posts in a PDF? Because the PDF looks great and makes the info easy to share with others, if you’d like. References are also available (in a separate file that also looks good!).

Issue 3 | Crafting a Dissemination Plan That Works
Take a deeper look at key points in the dissemination research (also distilled separately in several blog posts), including the elements of an effective dissemination plan and why “audience” is such a pivotal consideration.

Issue 4 | Dissemination Planning: Considering Your Audience
Building atop the discussion in Issue 3, we add much more detail about facets of considering your audience when you’re planning, developing, and disseminating something new.

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Quick Tips for Disseminators Series

The series of Quick Tips captures the essence of five webinars we’ve given for those in the TA&D network and in the Dissemination Community of Practice.

Social Media: What Works for Which Audiences?

Google Plus for Collaboration

Use Social Media to Drive Website Traffic

Managing Your Project’s Twitter Account

The Future is Mobile!

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Guide to Using Facebook in Dissemination

If you’re interested in exploring Facebook as a dissemination vehicle for your TA&D project, you may be interested in this “how-to” guide, designed expressly with the TA&D network in mind. We wrote it to accompany the Dissemination CoP’s 2nd webinar and consider it a Special Edition of Disseminating for Impact.

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Tipsheet: Writing Plainly

This 8-page tipsheet of the Dissemination Initiative focuses exclusively on how to write in plain language. It’s important to take into consideration the many millions of people who don’t read well or who have limited English proficiency. The tipsheet briefly discusses how the use of plain language was launched as an initiative by the federal government in 1998 and connects you with high-quality websites you can use to guide your “plain language” writing.  The tipsheet offers 10 plain-writing tips for starters. [ 8 pages, 2011]

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Tipsheet: Steal These Strategies!

Yes, that’s really the title! But what strategies are we talking about? Guess you’ll have to sneak in the window and see…

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This Entire Section of NICHCY’s Website

There’s a volume of information on dissemination presented in this section of NICHCY’s website, beginning with The Art and Science | Heart and Soul of Dissemination. This represents a resource for all you disseminators out there, too! We hope you find the discussions helpful in your dissemination planning and efforts. We’ll be adding to this part of our website, as the Dissemination Initiative keeps rolling.

These materials are also available at the Dissemination Community of Practice’s website, at:

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NICHCY’s Dissemination Plan

We are pleased to make public the Dissemination Plan that guides the work of the National Dissemination Center in:

  • sharing current, evidence-based resources on special education and disabilities with a national audience of many different stakeholders; and
  • providing  guidance on effective dissemination practices to the TA&D network funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education.

We hope sharing our plan will help other centers like NICHCY to develop their own dissemination plans. Please do feel free to…um…steal these strategies, too!

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Writing for the Web

Interested in writing content that engages and motivates your web visitors—and, most importantly, helps them find the information they’re looking for? If so, this series of webpages is for you. It’ll give you 6 tips for writing for the web: (1) understand how people read on the web, (2) help readers skim and scan, (3) put the essential message first, (4) chunk your information, (5) use headings and subheadings, and (6) write in plain language.

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Google Analytics 101

On October 27, 2011, NICHCY hosted a webinar on how to use Google Analytics to learn more about the visitors to your website–where they’re coming from, which content is keeping them engaged (and which isn’t), and more. We are pleased to share the slideshow used in that webinar.

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The Evaluation Toolkit for the TA&D Network

NICHCY created this evaluation toolkit in response to the high level of interest expressed by the projects within OSEP’s technical assistance and dissemination (TA&D) network for more information about evaluating their dissemination efforts. The “how-to’s” of the toolkit include overviews and guidance on conducting formative, process, and summative evaluations. Data collection methods are discussed, too, with individual looks at how to conduct focus groups, interviews, and surveys.

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