Research dissemination is the purposeful communication of research, particularly the findings and implications of those findings to members of society who can use them. Dissemination is sometimes differentiated from diffusion when the latter term is reserved for spontaneous spread and use of research. Most writers on dissemination and diffusion talk about a purposeful process aimed at the spread and use of research. Utilization is another related term. Utilization is specifically focused on application and is more likely to be initiated at the user end, whereas dissemination is focused on knowledge acquisition and more likely is initiated at the researcher end. The two are obviously linked, with overlapping phases in their processes.
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