Toolkit for the OSEP TA&D Network on How to Evaluate Dissemination

by Richard Sawyer, Ph.D. April 2012Toolkit in PDFNICHCY is very pleased to share this toolkit on evaluating dissemination with our colleagues in the TA & D Network.The printed version of the toolkit has handy tabs that let you turn easily to its key sections, but that's not possible online, is it? So we've divided the toolkit online into its sections, listed below in the Table of Contents. Each section will open in a new window.First, though, … [Read more...]

An Approach to Evaluating Dissemination

This is Section 2 of the Evaluation Toolkit for the TA & D Network, as adapted for the web. Read about the toolkit. Your project can use a fairly straightforward approach to evaluating its dissemination efforts. That approach will likely involve three elements: Formative evaluation | Identify your target audiences' needs for information and resources, which in turn can help you develop new or revise existing dissemination strategies … [Read more...]

Formative Evaluation

This is Section 3 of the Evaluation Toolkit for the TA & D Network.  Read about the toolkit. Formative evaluation can help you develop, design, and make improvements to your dissemination efforts. You might, for example, want to make changes or updates to products or materials on specific special education and disability topics; or create new materials; or even find out how you could make some improvements to the current ways you send out … [Read more...]

Data Collection Methods

This is Section 6 of the Evaluation Toolkit for the TA & D Network. Read about the toolkit. A number of different data collection methods can be used with formative, process, and summative evaluation approaches. This section starts with brief descriptions of two typical methods. Record keeping with databases Website analytics Three additional data collection methods will be addressed in stand-alone, separate webpages because of … [Read more...]

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...]


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...]


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...]

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