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dc.contributor.authorMacduff, Colin
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-18T14:06:51Z
dc.date.available2015-05-18T14:06:51Z
dc.date.issued2009-05
dc.identifier.citationMACDUFF, C., 2009. An evaluation of the process and initial impact of disseminating a nursing e-thesis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65 (5), pp. 1010-1018.en
dc.identifier.issn0309-2402en
dc.identifier.issn1365-2648en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10059/1196
dc.description.abstractAim. This paper is a report of a study conducted to evaluate product, process and outcome aspects of the dissemination of a nursing PhD thesis via an open-access electronic institutional repository. Background. Despite the growth of university institutional repositories which make theses easily accessible via the world wide web, nursing has been very slow to evaluate related processes and outcomes. Method. Drawing on Stake’s evaluation research methods, a case study design was adopted. The case is described using a four-phase structure within which key aspects of process and impact are reflexively analysed. Findings. In the conceptualisation/re-conceptualisation phase, fundamental questions about the purpose, format and imagined readership for a published nursing PhD were considered. In the preparation phase, seven key practical processes were identified that are likely to be relevant to most e-theses. In the dissemination phase email invitations were primarily used to invite engagement. The evaluation phase involved quantitative indicators of initial impact, such as page viewing and download statistics and qualitative feedback on processes and product. Conclusion. Analysis of process and impact elements of e-thesis dissemination is likely to have more than intrinsic value. The advent of e-theses housed in web-based institutional repositories has the potential to transform thesis access and use. It also offers potential to transform the nature and scope of thesis production and dissemination. Nursing scholars can exploit and evaluate such opportunities.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWileyen
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Advanced Nursing, Volume 65, Issue 5en
dc.rightsCopyright : The author.en
dc.subjectDisseminationen
dc.subjectDoctoral educationen
dc.subjecte-thesisen
dc.subjectEvaluationen
dc.subjectImpacten
dc.subjectInstitutional repositoriesen
dc.subjectNursingen
dc.subjectProcessen
dc.titleAn evaluation of the process and initial impact of disseminating a nursing e-thesis.en
dc.typeJournal articlesen
dc.publisher.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2008.04937.xen


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