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Using and Sharing Results

Findings from program evaluations can be used to communicate the value of your rural diabetes program. They can also help to market the program to other groups and individuals, secure more funding, and may influence policy decisions. Some important considerations when sharing your results include:

  • Coordinate dissemination efforts with stakeholders: Ensure evaluation findings meet the needs of stakeholders by involving them in the review and discussion of results.
  • Consider your audience and select a communication strategy: Tailor reports of findings to different audiences; ensure results are clear, concise, and culturally relevant.
  • Determine important information to include: Useful contextual information for evaluation findings includes background and purpose, evaluation methods, findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • Present meaningful information effectively: Use graphics, charts, and tables to present data and avoid technical jargon and acronyms in your writing. It may also be useful to include meaningful anecdotal narratives, data, and details.
  • Be upfront about strengths and limitations: List the strengths and limitations of the evaluation as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the results and recommendations.
  • Present findings creatively: Use a variety of techniques to convey results including short video presentations, newsletters, audio segments, websites, or making presentations to select groups or community partners. Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) grantees (see Module 3) often present on their findings to other rural communities as well as at state and national conferences.

Resources to Learn More

Local Health Department Use of Twitter to Disseminate Diabetes Information
This article discusses how local health departments are successfully using social media as a way to educate and inform their community about diabetes.
Author(s): Harris, J.K., Mueller, N.L., Snider, D., & Haire-Joshu, D.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 10
Date: 5/2013

Translating Diabetes Prevention Programs: Implications for Dissemination and Policy
Commentary examining two successful translations of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in community settings.
Author(s): Katula, J.A., Blackwell, C.S., Rosenberger, E.L., & Goff, D.C.
Citation: North Carolina Medical Journal, 72(5), 405–408
Date: 10/2011