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...]

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...]

Tools for Disseminators

As of September 2013The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities is pleased to post the resources that have emerged from the Dissemination Initiative.Disseminating for Impact seriesQuick Tips for Disseminators seriesA Guide to Using Facebook in DisseminationTipsheet: Writing PlainlyTipsheet: Steal These Strategies!This entire section of NICHCY's websiteNICHCY's Dissemination PlanWriting for the WebGoogle Analytics 101The Evaluation … [Read more...]

Social media listening literacy for nonprofits

This is Listening Bootcamp. It’s a module that will tell you all, step by step, including the value of listening to what your potential users are saying on Facebook (and in other social media), how to organize your efforts, listening skills, a starter kit of tools, and a primer online.http://socialmedia-listening.wikispaces.com/ … [Read more...]

How to listen to your online community

This is a 2-page PDF file that tells you how to set up a Google Reader, an alert, a Twitter alert, and when and when not to respond to what you hear. Available at: http://beth.typepad.com/files/how_to_listen_to_your_online_community.pdf … [Read more...]

Free social media monitoring tools

The title says it all. And what a splendid list it is!http://takemetoyourleader.com/2009/03/24/free-social-media-monitoring-tools/ … [Read more...]

Steal These Dissemination Strategies!

May 2011 What in the world....? What's with this tipsheet for disseminators? Let us explain. Context Steal This Book is a classic counterculture book written by Abbie Hoffman in 1970. Since then, the "Steal this..." concept has been used in a variety of cultural venues to signify anti-establishment sentiment. Steal This Movie! was the title of a movie about Hoffman's life. Political hip-hop duo The Coup released a Steal This Album … [Read more...]

NOTICE: The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) is no longer in operation. Our funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ended on September 30, 2013. Our website and all its free resources will remain available until September 30, 2014.