Communicating and Disseminating Evidence to Policymakers - Virtual Workshop - November 8



12:00pm - 1:30pm Mountain Time

Online pre-work available by October 25th



Primary Competency

Communication Skills

Communicating information about public health needs and the evidence-based interventions to meet those challenges to a broad audience is a necessary skill for public health professionals. Do you have these skills?

Registration Open

For this live learning session, participants will complete the Communicating and Disseminating Evidence to Policymakers self-paced, online module, and then engage in a discussion and applied-learning activity with a subject matter expert, using bidirectional video.

In the online module and live learning session, participants will explore effective strategies for communicating evidence to decision-makers and acquire tools and resources to create and disseminate messages about evidence-based solutions on different platforms for diverse audiences. Also, included is guidance for writing and disseminating policy briefs.


What to Expect

  • This course will take 2 weeks to complete.
    • Online course materials and a live session (Please put this session on your calendar)
    • Course schedule
      • October 25th – Course shell opens
      • November 8th – Live Session
  • Online course materials
    • You will have activities to do on your own before the live session.  The activities will include things like watching videos and reading.
    • There will be a short assignment to complete in preparation for the live session. (The live session goes quickly. Doing the activities and assignments helps you use the time well.)
  • Live Session
    • A facilitator will lead a guided discussion and activities related to the online content with you and your classmates.
    • A topic expert will also be on hand to answer questions and engage in the discussion.
    • The live session gives you the opportunity to connect concepts of evidence-based decision making to your daily work.
  • Communication
    • You should receive 2 emails from us before the course begins.  Please email us at if they do not show up in your inbox (please check your spam folder, as well).
      • Registration confirmation – immediately after registering
      • Course welcome and instructions – 2 weeks before the live session
  • Technology
    • Live Session
      • You must join the Live Learning Session by video (an external webcam or built-in camera in your laptop, tablet, or smartphone).  Our staff can help you get set up if this is new for you.
    • Online course materials
      • You will be sent an invitation to the Learning Management System (Canvas) approximately 2 weeks before the Live Learning Session.  You will need to sign in, do some activities and make sure that you know how to connect to the Live Learning Session.  Don’t worry about the technology!  We have staff to help you.  You’ll receive all the information you need once you log in.
Learning Objectives
  1. Define the components of effective communication to meet public health challenges.
  2. Acquire tools and resources to create and disseminate messages about evidence-based solutions on different platforms for diverse audiences.
  3. Analyze and evaluate how a policy is communicated.
Length of Learning Opportunity
1 hour pre-work + 1.5 hour live learning session = 2.5 hours total
Registration Information
Click on the green "Register Now" button at the top left of this page. You will need to be logged in or will need to create an account prior to registering for this training. Creating an account will not automatically register you for this training. You will need to re-open this page and register. Please email with registration questions.
Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts
Professor Brewer is an assistant professor for the University of Montana’s Master of Public Administration Program. He teaches courses in Human Resource Management, Policy Analysis, Ethics, Legislation & Regulation, and Indian Policy. His writing and research interests are centered on public policy with a focus on the role of narrative in shaping public opinion, the policy process, and policy outcomes. His most recent work analyzed the policy process at the state and local level by exploring the failure of a long-anticipated and massive bi-state public works project, the Columbia River Crossing project, to materialize amid intense public pressure. Professor Brewer grew up in Vancouver, Washington and has fond memories of hiking and camping in the great Pacific Northwest. He lived for a couple of years on the islands of Puerto Rico, Antigua, and St. Kitts, learned to speak Spanish, and fell in love with the people of the Caribbean. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with an undergraduate degree in Political Science. After interning for Senator Patty Murray of Washington State, he continued his studies at Idaho State University receiving a Master of Public Administration and later a Doctor of Arts in Political Science. Before coming to the University of Montana, he was a visiting assistant professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho teaching classes in American politics.
Geographic Relevance
For individuals in Colorado, Montana, North & South Dakota, Utah, or Wyoming

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