A critical facet of REESE is its focus on disseminating existing STEM knowledge and new research findings through academic, practitioner, and policy communities. In this vein, REESE projects communicate their findings to audiences across disciplinary boundaries, concentrating on those which are particularly relevant to the goals of each project. ARC is available to consult with REESE project teams about their dissemination and communication strategies. NSF also has set up a prototype site for sharing products and findings with stakeholders. A number of additional online resources are provided below. Please contact us to recommend other resources.
NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
The Office of Legislative and Public Affairs communicates information about the programs, policies, and results of NSF funded research to a diverse set of audiences including Congress, the news media, state and local governments, the general public, and the research and education communities. The website includes a complete list of the OLPA staff with contact information. A toolkit for exploring the various NSF options is available here.
Communicating Your Story
This checklist from the National Science Foundation’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs is designed to introduce Principle Investigators to the resources provided by the media relations office for disseminating research results to the public. Interested PIs can start here to let OLPA know about new results or upcoming journal articles or conference presentations.
Science & Policy Links
NSF provides links to the websites of several research and education societies and associations that REESE researchers may find relevant in thinking about potential audiences.
Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology and NSF have put together resources to help researchers communicate more effectively with the public. This site offers online webinars, tips for media interviews, and information about upcoming workshops.
National Academies Communication Fair 2009
The National Academies Office of Communications presented the third Communications Fair, which featured two panel discussions ("Science for All Seasons: Communicating Science to Diverse Audiences" and "Science and Hollywood: Education Through Entertainment") and a mid-day speaker ("Information and Misinformation at the Speed of Light") to inspire new and creative ways to communicate science. Podcasts of the events are available online.
ScienceMagazine’s Education Forum
Published once a month in Science Magazine, the Education Forum “welcomes discussion of any aspect of education, whether science education, the science of education, or the scientific output from an educational project.” For guidelines for authors, click here
The National Education Writers Association
The National Education Writers Association (EWA) has established a press release center, where for a fee, news releases can be posted on the EWA homepage. Organized in 1947, EWA is the national professional organization of education reporters, established to improve education reporting to the public.
Creating an Effective Dissemination Strategy
This workbook is intended to help education researchers develop a better understanding of knowledge dissemination, and formulate an effective dissemination plan. It includes sections to help researchers decide what, when, and how to communicate their findings to “maximize their chances of effecting real change.” Dissemination vehicles covered include websites, mailings, briefings, workshops, and newspapers.
Communicating with the Public
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) presents a practical guide for publicizing research, including sections on dealing with controversial issues and writing media releases. There is additional information on forging links with schools.
US Department of Education Publications
The U.S. Department of Education provides free publications which can typically be downloaded and can always be ordered online.
Please note that the websites and publications included in these directories are not affiliated with or endorsed by ARC. ARC does not guarantee their timeliness and is not responsible for their content.