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Research Dissemination

Why create a dissemination plan?

There are a number of reasons to create a dissemination plan:

  • Applying for a grant and need a research guide? Dissemination plans are required in many grants.

  • Wanting to share your process or findings with and beyond the academic community.

  • Connecting with others who share key areas of research interest and those who may enhance your research by providing new ideas.

  • Enhancing usability of research by other researchers as well as end users.

  • Sharing research with the public as a part of our mission as a public research university.

  • Developing and a disseminating a body of work that creates depth in the field, facilitates tenor, allows faculty to be expert source of research area.

Dissemination planning can help expand your thinking about what research you share, how you share it, and who you share it with. Planning can also help expand access to your research, and ultimately, increase its impact. 

Dissemination Planning Resources

PHCRIS (Primary Health Care Research & Information Service). Introduction to Research Dissemination.

This guide will introduce the terminology and definitions surrounding research dissemination, as well as provide you with strategies and further resources to aid your dissemination planning.

AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation.

This tool was developed to help researchers evaluate their research and develop appropriate dissemination plans, if the research is determined to have "real world" impact. It is designed to prompt your thinking about the processes that you would use to disseminate your findings or products, beyond publishing and presenting in peer-reviewed venues.

CARE (Community Alliance for Research and Engagement). Beyond Scientific Publication: Strategies for Disseminating Research Findings.

This document provides key strategies for dissemination, including practical advice and specific templates you can adapt for your use. 

URegina Exchanging Knowledge. A Research Dissemination Toolkit.

This toolkit provides a dissemination plan worksheet, tips for effective dissemination, and further resources to aid your dissemination planning. 

Becker Medical Library Model for Assessment of Research Impact

The Becker Medical Library Model for Assessment of Research Impact model is a framework for tracking diffusion of research outputs and activities to locate indicators that demonstrate evidence of biomedical research impact. It is intended to be used as a supplement to publication analysis. Using the Becker Model in tandem with publication analysis provides a more robust and comprehensive perspective of biomedical research impact. The Becker Model also includes guidance for quantifying and documenting research impact as well as resources for locating evidence of impact.