Disseminating Evidence

Disseminating Evidence



Thestakeholders or any party that is likely to be affected by theoutcome of the project should be informed regularly about itsprogress and results. Dissemination is mainly done to enhance theawareness and understanding of the stakeholders, which helps themmake informed decisions (Harmasworth, 2001). The choice of tools andstrategies for disseminating results is guided by the information andthe targeted audience. This paper will discuss the dissemination ofthe results of a project that seeks to reduce the nurse-to-patientratio at the hospital to the relevant stakeholders.

Disseminatingresults of the project to key stakeholders

Theprocess of disseminating results will target the stakeholders whohave the capacity to use those results to make decisions within thehospital. These stakeholders include the hospital administrators andnurse leaders. Disseminating results to these stakeholders will beaccomplished with the help of two types of tools. First, the resultswill be disseminated during the monthly stakeholders’ meetings thatare attended by the aforementioned stakeholders. A meeting is aneffective tool because it will provide the stakeholders with anopportunity to discuss the results and give their feedback (Wyatt,Finn, Linde, Reilly, 2013). The feedback given during the meetingswill determine if the use of meeting a dissemination tool waseffective or not.

Thesecond tool is a project website, which will serve as the main sourceof information availed to the stakeholders. The website will be usesimple language and avoid the use of jargons in order to ensure thatall stakeholders understand the results of the project. A website canbe accessed by stakeholders at any location and at any time (Wyatt,2013). The website will be updated continuously in order to ensurethat it acts as an up-to-date and a dynamic source of information tostakeholders. The project website will be maintained for a period of6 months. The effectiveness of the website as a dissemination toolwill be determined by the number of hits downloads, and page reviews.

Disseminatingthe outcome to the greater community of nurses

Nurseswill also access the outcomes of the project from the projectwebsite. Other deliverables, such as newsletters and pamphlets willbe accessed from the project website or issued to nurses in the formof hard copies. Moreover, the outcome of the project will beintegrated in the policy paper, which will be availed to nurses onthe website and the notice board.

Table1: Dissemination timetable

Dissemination activity








Monthly meetings

Project website

News letters


Policy paper

Key:The red boxes indicate the months during which respectivedeliverables will be made or when the dissemination activity willcommence.


Theprocess of disseminating the results of the project will target allrelevant stakeholders whose work is more likely to be affected by theproject. The outcome of the project that aims at reducing thenurse-to-patient ratio will be disseminated to the relevantstakeholders from time to time in order to keep them informed aboutthe progress of the project. Formal meetings and a project websiteare the most appropriate tools that should be used to disseminate theresults to the stakeholders. The same results may be disseminated tonurses through the project website, newsletters, and the policypaper.


Harmasworth,S. (2001). Creatingan effective dissemination strategy.London: QEF National Coordination Team.

Wyatt,S., Finn, R., Linde, P., Reilly, S. (2013). Policyrecommendations for open access to research data in Europe.Brussels: RECODE.