Since 2013, the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR), funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR, award #90DPKT001) has hosted an online-only conference focused on knowledge translation. Conference themes vary each year, and KTDRR staff strive to meet enduring and emergent training needs of their fellow NIDILRR grantees.

Our 2021 theme is “Research Results for Policy Outcomes.” Presenters will address key questions pertinent to any researchers or product developers interested in making a policy impact with their work: Why is it important to engage policy-oriented stakeholders early and what are good ways to do that? What are the best ways to share information with policymakers? What are examples of research-informed policy? The conference will also include presenters who bring policy-relevant expertise to the entire spectrum of a knowledge translation process, from framing research priorities and questions to celebrating successful adoption and use of findings and products. We will also hear from researchers who have led disability-oriented projects that contributed to legislative and organizational policy changes.

Day One (Monday, October 25, 1 – 5 p.m. ET)
Theme: Engaging Stakeholders Early for Policy Impact

  • 1:00 - 1:10 p.m.: Welcome from Center on KTDRR
  • 1:10 - 1:30 p.m.: Welcome from NIDILRR
  • 1:30 - 2 p.m.: Barbara Shumar, Management Concepts
  • 2:00 - 3:10 p.m.: Tanya Horsley, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • 3:10 - 3:40 p.m.: Break
  • 3:40 - 4:50 p.m.: Tawara D. Goode, National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University
  • 4:50 - 5:00 p.m. Closing remarks from Center on KTDRR

Day Two: (Wednesday, October 27, 2020, 1 – 5 p.m. ET)
Theme: Strategies for Reaching Out to Policymakers

  • 1:00 - 1:15 p.m.: Welcome from Center on KTDRR
  • 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.: Grassroots policy priorities panel – panelists TBD
  • 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.: David Gough, EPPI-Centre, University College London
  • 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.: Break
  • 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.: Jason DaSilva, AXS Lab and Jae Kennedy, Washington State University
  • 4:45 - 5 p.m.: Closing remarks from Center on KTDRR

Day Three: (Friday, October 29, 1 – 5 p.m. ET)
Theme: Research-informed Policy Examples

Registration is free and open to the public.

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