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...]

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 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...]

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