What Can We Do After the CBI to Maximize Its Impact?

Develop proceedings to share with CBI participants, other members of stakeholder groups, and campus decision-makers. Examples of proceedings can be found at www.washington.edu/doit/cbi.

Submit articles based on the proceedings to a professional journal. An example can be viewed in a special issue of the Journal of Special Education, Volume 18, Number 4, 2003, at jst.sagepub.com/content/18/4.toc.

Write a press release for campus and local newspapers. This effort can disseminate findings to stakeholders and build enthusiasm for future CBIs.

Associate your CBI with a committee that meets on an ongoing basis. For example, at the University of Washington, the Advisory Committee on Disability Issues sponsored a CBI and then used the proceedings to help set its agenda for future efforts and to support its recommendations.

If you are developing a new group, consider using a Community of Practice (CoP) structure. A CoP is a group of people who share a common concern and interact regularly to improve their practice. CoPs identify problems, goals, and resources; assess measurable change; and monitor and adjust plans and activities.