Dissemination in the context of CISE REU evaluation has two levels. One level is the broad dissemination of the effectiveness of the site, and its effectiveness to the various constituent groups. Another level is the site products that may be disseminated throughout the CISE research community, i.e. research papers. Dissemination vehicles vary, from reports to the NSF and institutional leadership to conference presentations or local press releases. The intent of this section is to address the broad level of program efficacy as delivered to institutional audiences and provide sample templates (coming soon).
Prior to any dissemination of site information, knowledge of the audience is key. This enables the report or presentation to discuss site findings and outcomes that are important to the audience and in relevant terminology. Always answer the question: what is in it for the audience? The following list suggests common CISE REU constituent categories from which you can begin generating your individual listing.
Constituent Groups (Audience):
- The NSF requires formal reporting of site activities and outcomes on an annual basis, with a culminating final report at grant termination. Identify contributions to research knowledge base as well as the overall accomplishment of project goals as identified. This report will include a detailed technical summary and executive highlights. Refer to the Reporting Cycles and Templates section for NSF reporting specifics.
Potential Funding Sources
- You may be seeking additional funding of the undergraduate research undertaken by your site, after NSF funding. Identify contributions and outcomes that link to the target goals for the funding you seek.
CISE Research Community
- This type of information dissemination provides details of research initiatives and results, and may include site information. The focus is most likely to communicate research contributions or student recruitment and retention programming outcomes. Formats could include slide presentations, discussion forums, poster sessions, or short articles. Share results and lessons learned in the context of colleagues.
Institutional & Community Partners
- This type of information dissemination may be less formal, provide fewer technical details, and will focus on raising awareness, informing the institutions, and possibly calling for support and collaboration. Formats could include slide presentations, discussion forums, newsletters, fact sheets, or short articles. Share results and interpret meaning in the context of linking your goals to those of the division.