Process Evaluation

This is Section 4 of the Evaluation Toolkit for the TA & D Network. Read about the toolkit. Process evaluation can help you document, monitor, and assess the implementation, operations, and progress of your dissemination work. With process evaluation, TA & D projects can monitor their progress in achieving dissemination objectives, tasks and activities. Value of process evaluation Elements to look at with process evaluation Other … [Read more...]

Summative Evaluation

This is Section 5 of the Evaluation Toolkit for the TA & D Network. Read about the toolkit. Summative evaluation can help you determine outcomes and longer-term benefits of your dissemination efforts. Outcomes generally have to do with target audience reports of how they benefited and used what you disseminated to them. What do you want to learn? Rigor in summative evaluation Looking at benefits and outcomes of dissemination Back … [Read more...]

Focus Groups

Section 6 continues looking at data collection methods. This page looks at focus groups. Read about the toolkit. Focus groups can be a useful evaluation method for collecting qualitative data from group discussions. This webpage on focus groups addresses: What's a focus group? When to use a focus group What happens in a focus group Advantages Disadvantages Guidelines Back to top   What's a focus group? Focus groups are … [Read more...]

Interviews

Section 6 of the Evaluation Toolkit continues its discussion of data collection methods. This time---interviews. Read about the toolkit. Interviews are an effective method for collecting in-depth information about specific topics, issues, and target audience needs, as well as their experiences and the benefits they’ve attained from your dissemination activities. The interviewer can explain and clarify questions, and probe by asking additional … [Read more...]

Surveys

Section 6 continues the discussion of data collection methods. This time---surveys. Read about the toolkit. Surveys are useful for collecting more quantitative data (e.g., numerical counts, frequencies, percentages). This webpage on surveys addresses: When surveys are useful How will you collect the data? Establishing the baseline Advantages Disadvantages Guidelines Example of a target audience website survey Back to top   When … [Read more...]

Create a Great TA Website

Home / The Art and Science | Heart and Soul of Dissemination / Create a Great TA Website March 2013 A resource developed collaboratively by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) and the Technical Assistance Coordination Center (TACC) Website Woes Do any of these website worries sound familiar? “We can’t edit our own website. We have to hire a consultant to make any small change.” “Our … [Read more...]

The Future is Mobile!

September 2013 From NICHCY's Quick Tips for Disseminators series Think about how you access the internet these days...Have you started bringing a tablet to meetings and conferences instead of a laptop? Market research predicts that more tablet computers will be sold in 2013 than laptops--that's a big first in a new trend!NICHCY's seen a HUGE increase in the number of users coming to our website on mobile devices. Check out these stats, and you'll … [Read more...]

Social Media: What Works for Which Audiences?

September 2013 From NICHCY's Quick Tips for Disseminators series You're a technical assistance project -- you need to reach as many people as you can with your resources. Social media can help to increase your reach (when thoughtfully implemented). But which venue is best to reach your intended audience? Is everyone on Twitter now? Who gets information from Facebook? And what's up with LinkedIn? Social media is a constantly changing landscape. … [Read more...]

Google Plus for Collaboration

September 2013 From NICHCY's Quick Tips for Disseminators series How are those conference calls going for you?We're on conference calls all the time -- group calls to collaborate on a presentation, project, or event. Talking with colleagues from around the country is great, but wouldn't it be so much more engaging to see them? And even better, to look at documents together?You can, you know. Hurry on over to Google Plus.Back to topGoogle Plus … [Read more...]

Use Social Media to Drive Website Traffic

September 2013 From NICHCY's Quick Tips for Disseminators series Why use social media? Because it works!Many projects are reluctant to use Twitter or Facebook to disseminate resources, because they aren't sure how to measure its effectiveness. But you can!Take a look at your website analytics | Want to know if your social media posts are really getting your resources used? Examine your website analytics.Here's an example | Below, we've included … [Read more...]

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