4.1 Sharing your Results

Sharing the knowledge gained from your evaluation is an important step in determining what to do with your results. The act of sharing your results or data can be referred to as Knowledge Mobilization (KM) or Knowledge Translation and/or Exchange (KTE).

Sharing what you have learned has multiple benefits. When shared internally, your findings can be used to inform high-level service planning, make improvements to your ongoing service provision or make a case to expand the services that are working well. When shared externally, your results can help secure increased resources from funders, guide partners to model their own services or enable students to make informed decisions about how to access services on campus. Here is a list of some common and creative ways of sharing knowledge with multiple stakeholders:

Reports Producing a detailed report outlining your efforts is a good way to comprehensively document your evaluation process and results. Your team will have a strong document to refer to for posterity and future planning; this is also a great tool to share with funders.
Stories of Impact Stories of impact are more anecdotal snapshots describing how your program or service has affected your target groups. Stories are usually a by-product of qualitative methods of inquiry and can be highly effective in demonstrating a holistic and human-centered picture of your work.
Forums or Events Hosting a student forum to present your data or findings is a good way to engage a cross-section of your stakeholders and bring students, staff, partners or funders together in a space for learning and dialogue.
Research Papers Submitting and/or publishing research papers is a more formal method of sharing knowledge that primarily caters to researcher and/or community practitioners. Building connections with this group can lead to potential partnerships, future evaluation or research of your program and offers a good way to formally showcase your work.
Snapshots or Info graphics Snapshots are short summaries of key findings of information that serves to make data or analyses more accessible to their intended audiences. Typically used in research work, snapshots can also be used to share the results or findings of your evaluation work. Infographics refer to visual representations of data using charts or icons and are an increasing popular way of sharing information. Infographics offer a visual snapshot of key data points that students can easily consume.

 

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