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...]

NICHCY’s Social Media Policy

NICHCY would like its presence on social media sites to be honest, open, and respectful. In an effort to be transparent about our social media policies, as well as to model effective use and control of social media for other organizations in our network, we share our social media guidelines here. Together We Create an Open and Respectful Place of Exchange: NICHCY encourages fair comment and discussion in its disability-related social media platforms, … [Read more...]

Join the Conversation at #SpEdChat

by Dennise Goldberg Dennise Goldberg is the owner of Special Education Advisor, a community of parents, educators, and special education service providers dedicated to helping families with children who have special needs understand their special education rights and receive appropriate special education services. Dennise works with children with all forms of disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, Asperger’s, and Down syndrome, to name … [Read more...]

What’s the Big Deal about Pinterest?

 by Elaine Mulligan Project Director, National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)Why on earth would a disseminator need to learn about Pinterest? Isn’t that the silly site that young folks use to create dream weddings and share recipes?Oh no, dear friend (and fellow social media resister), it’s so much more than that. Pinterest is the fastest-growing social media site and is already the third most-visited social networking … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Managing Your Project’s Twitter Account

September 2013 From NICHCY's Quick Tips for Disseminators series Tweet HappensIt's becoming increasingly apparent that organizations that disseminate information and resources can no longer avoid Twitter. With over 200 million active users, Twitter's micro-blogging platform is quickly becoming the most timely and topic-specific platform for information dissemination.Managing your project's Twitter account doesn't need to be a full-time job, … [Read more...]

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