Communicating about your project outcomes and disseminating related knowledge is the legacy of your project to the field. The information you collect can only become knowledge to others if it is widely disseminated and understood by those receiving it.
The Endowment’s role is to provide you with the resources to help make the task of communication and dissemination more straightforward.
The process of planning communications and dissemination starts at the beginning with your Work Plan. A dissemination plan is a required element for most proposals and we ask that you think through the project in terms of dissemination outcomes. Think about how you’ll share outcomes with other interested parties. Who needs to know about your work? What stakeholders would help move your policy agenda forward or expand your work for further reach and impact?
Additionally, if the nature of your project will make it necessary to rely heavily on communications, we encourage you to plan for and budget the appropriate technical assistance in the proposal.
The Endowment is also interested in helping you disseminate your work to others and we have several venues to do it, including our newsletter, grantee profiles, and our Online Resource section. We also invite grantees to exhibit their work at our Program Workshop where it will gain visibility from state policymakers, nonprofit leaders and other funders. When deemed appropriate, we may also suggest and assist in communicating project outcomes to local, state and national media outlets.