The Art and Science | Heart and Soul of Dissemination

September 2013Help VideoA special initiative of the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) has been sharing what we’ve learned over the years about effective dissemination. This section of our website distills what we know and gives you tools to use in your own dissemination activities.We welcome your exploration of this special area of our website, for it’s near and dear to our efforts on behalf of children with … [Read more...]

About the Dissemination Initiative

January 2011 Who We Are Why We've Created This Initiative Who Else Is Involved Specific Activities and Outcomes How You Can Get Involved Who We Are The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) serves the nation as a centralized source of information on children with disabilities from birth to age 22. We take pride in writing easy-to-read publications in English and Spanish on: disabilities, early … [Read more...]

We’re All Disseminators: Why This Info is Relevant to You

January 2011Who's a disseminator, and who's not? If you're wondering whether the info in this special area of NICHCY's website is relevant to you, then it probably is.From our point of view as the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, we all are disseminators in one way or another, to one degree or another. Sharing information with others makes you a disseminator. Having the possibility of sharing information with others (and … [Read more...]

The Dissemination Research Base

January 2011The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities is naturally very interested in what the research has to say about effective dissemination practices. We’ve been monitoring it and learning from it for years and are pleased to summarize what research has found and can tell us as disseminators.Nature of Knowledge BuildingDissemination's Bottom LineThe Digital DivideAddressing the Digital DivideUsing Social Media The Nature … [Read more...]

Start with Yourself: A Dissemination Self-Inventory

January 2011 There's an art and science to effective dissemination---and a heart and soul, too. These aspects are apparent in the Dissemination Self-Inventory developed by the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR). We strongly recommend that groups involved in dissemination take  NCDDR's inventory. Doing so will help you: look mindfully at your own dissemination efforts; identify your dissemination strengths … [Read more...]

First Element of Effective Dissemination: Involve Your Intended Users

January 2011 Did you take Section 3 of the Dissemination Self-Inventory, as we suggested? If so, then the discussion here will pick up where the inventory left off, and that's... According to NCDDR (the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research), there are four basic elements of dissemination: the intended users; the dissemination source; the content to be disseminated; and the dissemination media used for specific … [Read more...]

Element 2: Involve Dissemination Sources

January 2011 According to NCDDR (the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research), there are four elements of effective dissemination. We've just talked about the first element, involving your intended users. This resource page focuses on the second element, involving dissemination sources. The meaning of "dissemination sources" Why involve others? Why would others give you such access? Questions to ask yourself Two noteworthy examples … [Read more...]

Element 3: Mindfully Craft Your Content

January 2011 | Links updated, May 2013What is the content of your message, your product? How do you decide what you're going to say, and how you're going to say it?Offering information alone isn't enough to create change or influence action, as many a systems-change project has learned. Mindfully crafting the content you'll disseminate is crucial to getting the content past the hands of your users and into their minds and actions.This page focuses … [Read more...]

Element 4: Disseminate Through Different Media

January 2011 How are you going to get your message to your users? TV, radio (don't we wish!)? Online resource pages? Emails? Enewsletters or printed newsletters? By "media," we mean the vehicles, ways, or mechanisms we use to send info to, or communicate with, our users. We also mean the format to be used (PDF files, audio, Braille, to name a few). Questions To Ask Yourself at the Start We turn again to NCDDR's excellent materials on dissemination … [Read more...]

The Dissemination Initiative

We’re sharing what we’ve learned over the years about effective dissemination. Take part, share your strategies, find tools to use, join the Dissemination Community of Practice! … [Read more...]

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