Advance Your Research Findings from Policy Implications to Social Impact
We help researchers make their work more accessible and relevant to policymakers and practitioners to bring about positive social change.
Strategic dissemination to inform policy and practice initiatives
CLH Strategies & Solutions supports our clients with the strategic dissemination of research findings, to inform decision makers and achieve return on investment. Dissemination is critical to building the knowledge base and advancing the human services field. We emphasize dissemination as a strategic communication process to build understanding of implementation and evaluation findings.
We break the dissemination process into four distinct phases:
- Translation & packaging
- Strategic distribution
- Follow-through & evaluation
Researchers often cannot dedicate the time necessary to disseminate their findings to nonacademic audiences. Similarly, program staff may not know how to use data to tell their story. As experienced disseminators, we help build value in your evaluation effort by identifying your most relevant audiences and sharing your findings across multiple channels.
Why Dissemination Experience Matters
We establish connections between researchers, policymakers, and program administrators, to facilitate personal contact and foster the productive exchange of ideas and information. Along the way, we collaborate with key intermediaries, such as advocacy groups and professional associations, to raise awareness of policy objectives and practice strategies. To develop and execute an effective dissemination plan, we identify the critical steps and align the appropriate resources to achieve our client’s objectives. We assist researchers in defining attainable dissemination goals and consider how to measure the reach and utilization of the research.
An effective dissemination approach must address the decentralized, complex structure of policy and practice in human services.
For Human Services Professionals
Our experience with research methodologies and best practices helps human services professionals better communicate and translate their findings for policymakers, boards of directors, and service providers. We partner with our clients to determine what information is valuable to different audiences. Through this process we can better frame and relay actionable messages.
We understand the need to bring your data to life and tell a story from the field to engage policymakers and inform funders. Our dissemination experience has involved working with policymakers at all levels, including federal, state, and local agencies.
For more detail on our approach and methods, we invite you to read the Value-Added Research Dissemination Framework, co-authored by our principal Courtney Harrison on behalf of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE). In addition, Courtney contributed to a literature review entitled Human Services Research Dissemination: What Works?, also on behalf of OPRE. View a sample dissemination planning tool that she developed in partnership with a client.