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Entry Point: Promoting Community Psychology Practice and Research Through Introductory Pieces

In order to increase visibility and accessibility of Community Psychology and its work, SCRA will promote important ideas through “Entry Point.” SCRA values the distribution of our work to peers and technical audiences, as well as researchers, activists, advocates, non-profits, and others in related fields who may not be familiar with community psychology and what we have to offer. The purpose of Entry Point is to engage people through a brief and easy-to-read introduction to some of our work. These pieces will appear on our website, communitypsychology.com. We hope that the website will become a premiere destination to learn to understand, evaluate, and intervene to address social issues and problems through a community psychology lens.

This template was created by the Outreach Communications Specialist (Ashley Simons-Rudolph) to guide the repackaging of scholarly work for a non-technical audience. Once submitted, this form will be automatically forwarded to Ashley who will contact you within 1 week to confirm receipt and discuss next steps.

When completing your form, please keep in mind:

  • This template is only a guide. It is meant to provide a starting point from which to recall best practices for writing for a lay audience. Feedback on the form is always welcome.
  • Begin with the concept of “research in a minute” and think about the overall impact of your work. Stated another way, if you were at a picnic with non-psychologist friends, describe your study quickly and in ways that engage their interest.
  • Be parsimonious; fewer, smaller words are more engaging. Please try to stay below 500 total words.
  • Write for reading levels 9th grade and lower. This is approximately the level that you would read in TV Guide, Reader’s Digest, or People magazine. For those of you more comfortable with the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, please try to stay below 10.0.
  • Use bullet points where indicated.
  • Put less focus on study design and more focus on the findings/implications. Those interested in replicating your study will be guided to reference your full article.

Have fun! This template is intended to provide a framework for you to reconsider your work from a different perspective. When appropriate, feel free to involve graduate students and colleagues in the process. The order of authorship does NOT need to parallel that of any published work. This can be a great way to build confidence in newer writers.

Please address any questions or comments about this form or about entering content to ashleysimonsrudolph@scra27.org

*If you feel that this form is inappropriate/inadequate to describe your work, please contact ashleysimonsrudolph@scra27.org and we can figure something out!

  • Background Information

  • Summary

  • The Importance: Who Cares?

  • Methods

  • Highlighted Results

  • Summarizing for Audiences

    This is a chance for you to think through the implications of your work for audiences beyond that which may access your published work. Please consider what this work means for research and evaluation, practice, social action, and in settings similar to the one(s) in which you conducted your work. Most projects will have at least a small bit of relevance for each category. If the category does not apply at all, you may write "n/a."
  • OPTIONAL: We want to promote your work through our SCRA Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please write a tweet (280 characters or less) that you would like to accompany your work.

    If you are new to writing tweets, here are two examples:

    Claire Cahen explains how "good" environmental policies can forget the very people who need them most...and how we can do better.

    Return on Investment: Learn how $500 can grow understanding, a sense of community, and some awesome veggies!