Welcome to the Dissemination CoP!
Your involvement is a vital part of realizing OSEP’s vision of a TA&D Network that plans, produces, and disseminates together, building on each other’s efforts to reach the widest audience possible in effective ways. Together, we share OSEP’s mission to improve results for children with disabilities. The tools that we put into people’s hands to do that can make all the difference in the world.
The sections below will connect you with our latest resources and activities. We stay connected and share in two places:
Please feel free to chime in with your questions, concerns, dissemination successes and strategies, and suggestions to the rest of the CoP.
Do any of these website worries sound familiar?
Having a user-friendly website can be pivotal in expanding your project's reach and impact. Our new downloadable guides can help you:
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) and the Technical Assistance Coordination Center (TACC) have worked together to develop this new guide to help projects build and manage great websites.
Learn what's involved in creating a dynamic website that attracts scads of visitors, helps them find the resources they need quickly, and makes it easy for them to share those resources with others!
CharityHowTo shared the slides from their recent webinar on improving Facebook results. They include great tips for planning and organizing your posts, keeping your page "fresh", boosting engagement, and more. Check them out!
If your project has a Facebook page, Twitter account, Pinterest account, Google Plus page, or any other social media presence, you should have a social media policy. It not only helps to protect your project from inappropriate external posts, but it should also inform your decisions on what to post.
NICHCY recently updated our policy, and we include information about our team process for selecting content. Feel free to adapt our policy for your own project: http://nichcy.org/blog/nichcy-social-media-policy
What's the best way to reach your audience?
The Dissemination Community of Practice's recording of our September 25, 2012 meeting: What's the best way to reach your audience? is now available online at https://tadnet.adobeconnect.com/_a984157034/p1uogo19tfw/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal________________
Writing for Social Media
The Center for Disease Control just released their "Guide to Writing for Social Media" (http://blogs.cdc.gov/healthoutloud/2012/05/01/cdcs-guide-to-writing...). If you use any social media outlets for dissemination, this is a perfect resource! Check out the dedicated sections for writing Facebook posts, writing for Twitter, and adapting your web content for social media.
Is your website content engaging?
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities' new web page will give you 6 tips for writing content that engages and motivates your web visitors—and, most importantly, helps them find the information they’re looking for. The tips are:
For more information, check out Writing for the Web at http://nichcy.org/dissemination/tools/webwriting.
In case you missed our January 26 web conference . . .
We explored several ways of disseminating to different audiences, including email marketing applications, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Wiggio, and direct website posts. A captioned recording of the session is available at:
Interested in seeing a Dissemination Plan?
Have a look at NICHCY's, which we are pleased to post. Please feel free to use whatever pieces of our plan also suit your own center's dissemination efforts.
Resources from the last CoP Meeting
Thanks to all who attended our Community of Practice meeting -- and a special thanks to our guest presenter, Chuck Hitchcock from the AIM Center. Presenting without seeing the slides -- what grace under pressure!
Here are some of the resources we shared on the call:
We hope to have these CoP meetings quarterly.
Who facilitates this community?
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities is pleased to serve as the Dissemination CoP’s facilitator within the TA&D Network and to bring us together to discuss and orchestrate our dissemination efforts and strategies. We are also very lucky to have two co-facilitators:
Video Tour of the Dissemination Initiatives
There's a wealth of information about dissemination and this initiative to improve our dissemination capacity at NICHCY's website. Interested in learning more and joining in? Here's a YouTube video of the main features of NICHCY's Dissemination page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItPC54mbA0s
Sign up for NICHCY's eNews You Can Use
Check out (and sign up for) our monthly eNews You Can Use---a newsletter that features goodies for families and communities, early interventionists, schools K-12, and state and system tools. Each month has a special focus, just to sweeten the pot! http://nichcy.org/newsletters
Webinar:Using Facebook in Dissemination
Date: April 29, 2010, Thursday
Presenter: Dr. Stephen Luke
Links to Dr. Luke’s slideshow and the companion guide to using Facebook in your dissemination efforts:
If you'd like to become a member of the Dissemination CoP, you'll want to click the link above and go to our house on the ning platform,where powerful networking tools are available to us all. Our presence here, at tacommunities.org, is limited to describing the basics about the Dissemination CoP and our open invitation to you to join.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities and Region 2 Parent Training Assistance Center at ECAC