HHS Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated to the Public. IV. Types of Dissemination Methods

10/01/2002

Information is disseminated through printed, electronic, and presentation materials. Dissemination vehicles include brochures and targeted mailings to State officials, grantees, or others responsible for administering programs; posting information on the ACF web site; making information available through clearinghouses and resource centers; presenting and distributing information at appropriate conferences; and electronically collecting and distributing aggregated and disaggregated program-related data. Research funded by several agency programs is also disseminated through peer-reviewed journals.

Research and evaluation reports are disseminated in a number of ways. Reports with particular policy relevance and findings are distributed directly by mail to State program directors or other targeted audiences. Information on newly released reports is also shared with organizations that warehouse and broadcast information through their own networks (e.g., the Welfare Information Network and the Research Forum on Children, Families and the New Federalism). ACF's web site provides information on current research and evaluation projects, posts reports (or links to reports), and disseminates information through a listserv. In addition, ACF sponsors research conferences such as an annual Welfare Reform Research and Evaluation Conference that attracts State program staff, Federal regional staff researchers in the field and other organizations interested in ACF programs.