The Art of the Webinar: Strategies to Maximize Your Research Dissemination and Outreach Efforts

The Art of the Webinar: Strategies to Maximize Your Research Dissemination and Outreach Efforts
The Art of the Webinar: Strategies to Maximize Your Research Dissemination and Outreach Efforts


As granting agencies increase their interest in projects demonstrating their impact and outreach, faculty need to go beyond publications and making presentations at national and international conferences.  Webinar technology offers a tremendous opportunity for researchers to increase the impact of their work and design outreach efforts that translate their research to a global audience that includes fellow researchers, public policy officials, and the general public.

AYPF staff members Loretta Goodwin and George Knowles, in conjunction with V. Scott Solberg, Boston University, hosted an interactive webinar focused on how webinars can be designed to maximize the impact of research dissemination and outreach efforts.

AYPF is experienced in helping researcher frame their research in a way that will reach and engage a broader audience, and in this webinar we:

  •  Explained why using webinars can help with research dissemination
  •  Demonstrated how to create a successful webinar experience
  •  Described how AYPF can assist in accomplishing these objectives

Presenter Biographies:

Loretta formattedLoretta Goodwin, Senior Director, joined the American Youth Policy Forum in 2007. Her focus is on high school reform, and she oversees field trips and speaker forums on youth policy issues. Ms. Goodwin is experienced in middle and high school reform, experiential education, and international education.

In South Africa Ms. Goodwin began her education career as a middle and high school teacher. At The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, DC she served as the program manager for international programs, as well as the faculty coordinator. From 2000 – 2004, she worked as the national co-director of Turning Points, a comprehensive middle school reform initiative. In this capacity, and during her work at the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, she provided technical assistance, professional development and resources to teachers and principals. Ms. Goodwin holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Town, master’s degrees from Wesleyan University and the University of Washington, in History and Political Science, and a PhD from Princeton.

george formattedGeorge Knowles joined AYPF in November 2013. His role as the Web Communications Associateinvolves managing the AYPF blog, overseeing social media efforts, hosting webinars, and producing a broad range of written and multimedia content. George has a background in online media and journalism, and holds a MA in Interactive Journalism from American University in Washington, D.C.


scott solberg formattedV. Scott Solberg, PhD is Associate Dean of Research at Boston University.  Dr. Solberg is an active member in the Society for Vocational Psychology, a Section in Division 17 (Society for Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. He is also a member of International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance, National Career Development Association and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Career Development Quarterly and an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Vocational Behavior and Journal of Career Development. Dr. Solberg has published more than 40 professional articles, chapters, monographs and technical reports that focus on career development for youth including how to promote optimal youth development and college and career readiness through the use of individualized learning plans and resiliency-based curriculum. He has served in leadership roles with the Milwaukee Partnership Academy and Milwaukee Public Schools Small Schools reform movement and is author of Success Highways, a proven resiliency development curriculum for middle and high school students.


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The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF events and publications are made possible by contributions from philanthropic foundations. For a complete list, click here.