Walden University Disseminati


Dissemination of research results may be done in any number of ways, such as through journal article submissions,
conference presentations, professional and community lectures,
peer-review sessions, and several variations of formal and informal settings. Different audiences have different needs and expectations. A
rule of thumb is to follow the guidelines for your particular format,
whatever these guidelines may be. Every journal has specific instructions for authors. Every conference includes specific instructions on how to submit and how to present. Most groups sponsoring oral presentations will let you know their expectations if you ask.

What is less obvious sometimes is the “fit”
between the material that you will present and the specific audience.
For example, if you are conducting a presentation of survey findings for parents of elementary school children, your results need to be simple,
clear, and free of unnecessary jargon. Conversely, at an academic conference, you may highlight and focus on the regression techniques employed. Ideal dissemination is correlated with the knowledge of your audience.

You can ask yourself several questions that will help you choose a dissemination strategy. These questions include the

  1. Who is my audience?
  2. Who are the stakeholders?
  3. What is the general level of research methods understanding for 1 and 2?
  4. What should be presented?
  5. What should not be presented?
  6. What is the overall goal of the dissemination?

Considering the questions above, search for and select an empirical article from the Walden Library related to survey research to use for this Discussion. Consider the relationship between
the survey findings and research problem in the article you selected.
Think about how you would disseminate the results to two different audiences and how you might apply these results to a social change context.

With these thoughts in mind:

Part 1

an explanation of how the research findings in the empirical article you selected are related to the research problem and why this relationship is important. Using the same findings, explain how you would disseminate the results to two specific and different audiences. Justify the need for optimal dissemination strategies for different audiences. Finally, explain how the research findings might be applied to effect social change. Be specific, and provide examples.

Note: Provide a full APA reference for the article you selected.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

Part 2

Post to at least two of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Ask a probing question.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleagues’ postings.
  • Offer and support an opinion.
  • Validate an idea with your own experience.
  • Make a suggestion.
  • Expand on your colleagues’ postings.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you learned
and/or any insights you gained as a result of your colleagues’ comments.

Walden University Disseminati


   Evidence-based practice (EBP) improves patient outcomes, healthcare quality, safety, and increases clinician’s engagement in their practices (Melynk, Fineout-Overholt, Giggleman, & Choy, 2011). It is important to not only research EBP, but to disseminate the information to implement best practices based of the research as well.

   One dissemination strategy I would be most inclined to use is engaging the stakeholders. I would utilize this strategy because getting buy-in from the stakeholders will make disseminating the information easier; as stakeholders often have interest in sharing the information as well. The article by Gallagher-Ford et al. discusses strategies to engage stakeholders, and how meeting with stakeholders of a project can allow you to get feedback and answer any questions the stakeholders may have (2011). Often if stakeholders are impressed with the information provided they will help further disseminate it. Another dissemination strategy I would utilize for EBP within my organization is unit and organizational-level presentations. I think that this forum provides a platform to be able to speak to the EBP and answer any questions that the group may have. This may be enhanced by the compliment of a poster, however, I would be least likely to utilize posters to disseminate EBP by themselves. I think that few people take the time to stop and read a poster, and while the visual compliment is nice to a unit level or podium presentation, I do no thin they are more efficient at disseminating EBP than the lectures themselves.

   One possible barrier that may be encountered when using these dissemination strategies is the organization’s culture/environment to support evidence-based practice. Examples of an EBP supportive environment include evidence-based decision making integrated into performance expectations, up-to-date resources and tools, EBP knowledge and skills-building workshops, and EBP mentors at the point of care (Melnyk, et al., 2011).  If this environment is not established, then it is difficult to have a platform to disseminate and reception of the information being presented. It also makes it difficult to implement and sustain the changes from the EBP. Another barrier that might be encountered when using these dissemination strategies is inadequate EBP knowledge and skills of clinicians (Melnyk, et al., 2017). Without the clinicians being competent and consistently implementing evidence-based care, it can difficult to disseminate information so that it is received and implemented by them appropriately. To mitigate this, it is important that organizations provide training, resources, and EBP mentors to staff to foster these skills for best practices.


Gallagher-Ford, L., Fineout-Overhold, E., Melynk, B. M., & Stillwell, S. B. (2011). Evidence-based practice step-by-step: Implementing an evidence-based practice change. American Journal of Nursing, 111(3), 54-60.

Melnyk, B. M., Fineout-Overholt, E., Gallagher-Ford, L., & Stillwell, S. B. (2011). Evidence-based practice, step by step: Sustaining evidence-based practice through organizational policies and an innovative model. American Journal of Nursing, 111(9), 57-60. doi:10.1097/01.NAJ.0000405063.97774.0e

Melnyk, B. M., Fineout-Overholt, E., Giggleman, M., & Choy, K. (2017). A test of the ARCC model improves implementation of evidence-based practice, healthcare culture, and patient outcomes. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 14(1), 5-9. doi:10.1111/wvn.12188


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