Conference Materials

This section of the Expo will feature archived presentations and files from the 2017 KT Conference. These files will include captioned YouTube videos, edited transcripts, and downloadable copies of presentation files (PDF and text versions).


Day 1 (Monday, Oct. 30): Overcoming Barriers to Outreach
Session Presenter(s)
Overview and Welcome Joann Starks, KTDRR
NIDILRR Update and Perspectives on KT

Kristi Hill, NIDILRR and
Pimjai Sudsawad, NIDILRR

Commitment issues: How to get my community organized to say yes to an integrated KT project
As a disability-sector community service organization and research user, Spinal Cord Injury BC receives a lot of requests from researchers to help with their knowledge translation projects - we say no to almost all of them. This presentation explores why we say no and what it takes to say yes. Specifically, the presentation aims to develop a greater understanding of (i) the important role community organizations (research users) can play in integrated knowledge translation (iKT); (ii) what often prevents community organizations from engaging in iKT projects; and (iii) what it takes for a community organization to commit to an iKT partnership.
Chris McBride, Spinal Cord Injury British Columbia (SCI BC)
The approach to knowledge transfer and exchange and the measurement of research impact at the Institute for Work & Health
This presentation will describe a comprehensive approach to knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) that targets worker health and safety. The approach was developed and is used by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), a non-profit research organization located in Toronto, Canada. The IWH approach integrates two distinct functions: stakeholder relations (connecting with representatives of key knowledge user organizations), and communications (reaching a wide audience).
Ron Saunders, Institute for Work & Health
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Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer: Tips and Tools for Communicating with Key Stakeholders
This presentation will acquaint the audience with resources and tools for planning and implementing successful development projects. NIDILRR's Stages of Development will be used as the framework for a discussion of process steps, milestones, and anticipated outcomes related to product development and technology transfer. KT strategies relevant to technology transfer will be described in the context of communicating with grant proposal reviewers, project officers, project team members, and transfer and commercialization partners.
Jennifer Flagg, KT4TT, University at Buffalo
Interactive Discussion with Presenters, Wrap Up Kathleen Murphy, KTDRR; presenters, participants, reactors: Claudia Diaz, June Gothberg, Dahlia Shaewitz

Day 2 (Wednesday, Nov. 1): Tools for Tracking Implementation
Session Presenter(s)
Day 1 Review, Day 2 Overview Ann Williams Outlaw, KTDRR
New Patient Centered Approaches for Assessing the Social Integration of Burn Survivors: The LIBRE Project
How do you make the patient perspective an integral component of your project from the initial phases through implementation and dissemination? This case study examines the development of the LIBRE Profile (Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation), which measures social participation in burn injury survivors. The presenters will describe the conceptual basis and development of the LIBRE Profile, including psychometrics, strategies used for dissemination, online videos incorporating interviews with patients, clinicians and burn survivors in the community, as well as other practices. They will discuss the approaches and methods for involving community organizations and burn survivors from inception to later development. In addition, they will address how to engage the burn community in the research process and LIBRE’s dissemination methods throughout the project. They also will discuss lessons that have been learned to date and future directions for research and dissemination strategies for the LIBRE project.
Lewis Kazis & Mary Slavin, Boston University; Colleen Ryan & Jeffrey Schneider, Harvard University
The Rehabilitation Measures Database: A KT Tool for Promoting Adoption of Standardized Outcome Measures
Translation of research evidence to clinical applications is a challenge for rehabilitation physicians, nurses and therapists. The Rehabilitation Measures Database (RMD) is a free, web-based searchable database of over 375 standardized instruments that was designed to support translation of rehabilitation research evidence into practice. This workshop will describe the development of the RMD, the role of collaborators, and how academic programs and professional groups can contribute to RMD content. Journals that collaborate with the RMD and publish abbreviated instrument summaries will be highlighted. A demonstration of the RMD and future directions for the RMD program will be discussed.
Allen Heinemann & Linda Ehrlich-Jones, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
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Knowledge Translation in the Age of Complexity
This presentation will review why complex challenges are not the same as simple or complicated ones, characteristics of complexity and solutions that are appropriate for complex problems. I will discuss considerations of complexity in the definition of a problem/solution, implementation of interventions and in the assessment of impact.
Diane Finegood, Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University
Interactive Discussion with Presenters, Wrap up Kathleen Murphy, presenters, participants, reactors: Mark Harniss, Margaret Nosek, Arielle Silverman

Day 3 (Friday, Nov. 3): Strategies for Measuring Impact
Session Presenter(s)
Day 2 Review, Day 3 Overview Steven Boydston, KTDRR
Developing the Science of Enabling and Measuring Evidence Uses
Policy, practice and personal decision making can be informed by many sources of evidence including research findings. If research is to be used to help inform decisions then we should ensure that we do this using the values and methods of research. We should be scientific about the use of science. We can use research methods in many parts of this process including clarifying what we know from research and how we help to make this available to inform decision making. This presentation will examine these issues with particular reference to: (i) the basis for making justifiable evidence claims to inform decision making; and (ii) research on the nature and efficacy of different strategies to enable research use.
David Gough, EPPI-Centre, UK
Social Media for Academics
Social media platforms are now part of the fabric of everyday life. However, academics using them confront confusion and uncertainty, with advocates often proving excessively enthusiastic while critics are hastily dismissive. This presentation offers a map through this landscape, presenting realistic strategies for academics who want to use social media to increase their impact and undertake knowledge exchange without it taking over their lives. My focus will be on how you can embed social media into your existing scholarly practices in a way that brings about demonstrable results without an excessive investment of time. If used correctly, these are enormously powerful tools for scholarly communication and knowledge exchange. This presentation will provide workable approaches through which their potential can be realised in everyday working life, as well as raising important issues faced by scholars online which can be explored at greater length in the ensuing discussion.
Mark Carrigan, markcarrigan.net
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Meeting Your KT Goals: An Overview of KT Planning Basics and Evaluation
A KT plan is fundamental for ensuring your research dissemination has traction and is effective in meeting your KT goals. We often share our research findings with a range of knowledge users, with the KT goals of informing on what we learned, influencing science, facilitating policy or behavior change, and/or initiating a commercialization activity. I have presented previously about KT Planning and in this session, I will focus on indicators and strategies for exploring whether KT goals have been realized, as well as why it would be important to evaluate them in the first place.
Melanie Barwick, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Interactive Discussion with Presenters, Conference Wrap up Kathleen Murphy, presenters, participants, reactors: Tracy Boehm Barrett, Lisa Engel, Kathe Matrone, Christian Vogler

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