SAW/RTW Policy Dissemination Online Dialogue

Promoting timely and effective stay-at-work (SAW) and return-to-work (RTW) services and supports for workers with injuries or illness that disengage them temporarily from the workforce is one of many issues that are being addressed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) through its Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) Policy Collaborative. In addition to facilitating a Community of Practice (CoP) and using the ePolicyWorks online dialogue tool to engage the CoP and other interested parties, the SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative has established three Policy Working Groups (PWGs) – 1) Replicating/Adapting Washington’s Centers of Occupational Health and Education (COHE) Model, 2) Musculoskeletal Injuries and Pain Management, and 3) Transition Back to Work – to develop resources and materials to assist states and other key stakeholders in improving the workforce attachment of workers who are dealing with injury or illness. Among other tasks, the PWGs are charged with developing a policy action paper and other policy products, such as issue briefs, model policy language, infographics, webcasts, and conference presentations, and disseminating these policy products to policymakers and other stakeholders in developing and implementing SAW/RTW policy.

This online dialogue is being held to get ideas for how our PWGs can reach the appropriate audiences for their policy products, including what dissemination strategies they should use and how to package the information in a way that is useful, appealing, and above all, motivating. This dialogue will also contribute to development of a strategic outreach plan for dissemination of policy products developed through this ODEP initiative.

As you submit your ideas or comment and vote on ideas submitted by others about how to disseminate SAW/RTW products, please keep the following guiding questions in mind:

  • Who are the key policy audiences for products in this area?
  • What types of products would be best for reaching the target audiences?
  • How should those products be disseminated? Through social media? Posted to a website? Sent directly electronically?
  • Should they be provided along with technical assistance to help recipients know how to use them?

We especially welcome comments and ideas that deal specifically with the target audiences and dissemination strategies that are the focus of our three PWGs – Replicating/Adapting Washington’s COHE Model, Musculoskeletal Injuries and Pain Management, and Transition Back to Work. Please note that, although very important, reaching stakeholders, including workers themselves, with information about how to implement SAW/RTW programs – as opposed to policy – is beyond the scope of the SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative’s dissemination efforts.

To join the conversation about how to disseminate the policy products of the SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative, please take a moment to Register or to Log In (if you have already registered), and share your ideas or vote and comment on ideas posted by others.

We look forward to your contributions and thank you in advance for joining us in this important effort.

To view the conversation, visit the SAW/RTW Policy Dissemination Online Dialogue.

For further instructions on how to participate in this online dialogue, visit How to Get Started.

To learn more about the SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative's online dialogues, visit our Learn More page.