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Dissemination Methods

Once the dissemination objective and the audience are identified, there are a variety of ways to share the content. Common methods of dissemination include:

Meetings and conferences


  • Monthly, quarterly, and annual reports
  • Newsletters
  • Fact sheets, posters, and flyers
  • Project/evaluation manuals so that other communities can replicate the program
  • Communication plans
  • Manuscripts


Resources to Learn More

Making Sure Research Is Used: Community-Generated Recommendations for Disseminating Research
Outlines important considerations for disseminating HIV/AIDS specific research, and also describes the dissemination process developed by the Community Advisory Board.
Author(s): Fernández-Peña, J., Moore, L., Goldstein, E., et al.
Citation: Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 2(2), 171-176
Date: 2008

Confronting the Challenges of HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination
A report summarizing the findings from a summit held on HIV/AIDS dissemination topics. A number of recommendations of best practices were introduced, along with other ideas that show promising results for enhancing HIV/AIDS information dissemination.
Author(s): Carr, A.
Citation: Journal of the Medical Library Association, 92(2), 273-275
Date: 4/2004

Dissemination of Rural Health Research: A Toolkit
Guide detailing the dissemination process of rural health research to relevant outlets. Includes general guidelines and samples of policy briefs, fact sheets, and other formats.
Author(s): Schroeder, S. & Bauman, S.
Organization(s): Rural Health Research Gateway
Date: 2019

Strategic Communications and Dissemination Resource Page
List of guides and resources on health communication and program dissemination that can be applied to HIV/AIDS specific programs. Includes key considerations, training materials, and the use of social media. 
Organization(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Adolescent Health