Briefs are short, one to two page project summaries that highlight key outcomes, processes and lessons learned. These short reports can easily be shared as a flyer, or via email or social media.
Success Stories are a narrative highlighting your project accomplishments and/or barriers you have overcome. They can put a “human interest spin” to your project and can focus on one or two individuals. For examples of Success Stories, please see The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Success Story Builder.
Videos are an effective tool for communicating about your project, because they are engaging and can convey a lot of information in a short amount of time. If you have video recordings from your project, you can edit the footage to showcase your work. Here’s an example of a project video: Be Wild, Be Wonderful, Be Healthy. If you decide to film, be sure to obtain permission from any participants before recording.
For creating content with your mobile device, we recommend using Splice (iOS) or YouCut (Android). They are both free and user-friendly apps that allow you to edit, embed text, and music into your videos.
You can also create an animated explainer video that utilizes graphics, text, and narration rather than footage. Here’s an example of an animated video: Professional Development for Increased CBPA: Elements and Strategies.
Here are some tools you can use to animate your video:
Animaker is a free, extremely user-friendly program that works very much like Canva and Piktochart
Infographics are visual representations of data and information. Infographics engage the reader because key messages are displayed in a visually appealing manner. It is important to keep infographics concise and easy to read. Focus on one to three key concepts and aim for simplicity to ensure the infographic is easily understandable at a quick glance.
Here are several free and paid online tools you can use to create infographics:
Mapping Tools can be used to help visualize the impact and reach of your organization. For example, here is a map of the most recent mini-grants awardees funded by HPCD, created using Tableau. You can also use ARCGIS or even Google Maps. Although these programs require time and cost to learn, they can be powerful tools for data visualization. If you need assistance learning how to use these programs, WVPRC is able to provide limited technical support.
Social Media Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media provide an easily accessible way to share your findings with a broader audience. Please see CDC’s Social Media Toolkit for a guide on how to develop an effective social media strategy.