KTDRR Products Overview

The Center on KTDRR develops and makes available on its website a number of products for use by researchers and interested parties. These include a monograph, informational briefs, e-newsletters, archives of training and technical assistance activities such as workshops and webcasts, and an annual KT casebook.


Info Briefs

  • Knowledge Translation: The Rise of Implementation is a monograph commissioned by the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR). Lead author Melanie Barwick is an internationally recognized expert in knowledge translation (KT) and implementation science (IS). Raluca Dubrowski and Kadia Petricca complete the author team. The monograph provides an update of the KT literature and reflects on advancements in the KT process, as well as KT’s relationship with IS. KT practices related to disability research are highlighted along with a look at future directions in KT.

  • Engaging Stakeholders for Research Impact defines stakeholder engagement, describes different types of stakeholders and addresses why research projects should focus on engagement. Author Dr. Tamika Heiden is the founder and principal of Knowledge Translation Australia. She has over 15 years of experience in translating research into practice. Joining Dr. Heiden as a contributing author is a member of the Center on KTDRR's Expert Review Panel, Dr. Toni Saia, an activist, professor and researcher who brings lived experience with disability to her work. Dr. Saia shares an example of how her collaborative research project resulted in accessibility improvements.

  • New Methods and Technologies for Keeping Systematic Reviews Up to Date outlines innovations in bibliographic data searching that may be helpful in identifying studies for systematic reviews. James Thomas, deputy director of the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) at University College London, begins with an overview of methods currently used to search existing bibliographic databases. Next, he examines changes in the collection of bibliographic databases and recent advances in methods for retrieval of information, including a study using Microsoft Academic Graph (MAG) and OpenAlex as single-source databases. Finally, he illustrates the potential these new developments hold for the systematic review process with a case study of the EPPI-Centre’s living systematic map of COVID 19 research.

KT Update

KT Update is a quarterly e-newsletter from the KTDRR to inform the research community of new resources, upcoming webcasts, workshop opportunities, and other relevant information.


KT Casebook

The KTDRR staff develops a KT Casebook to showcase NIDILRR grantees’ KT activities. The purposes of the casebook are to share examples of successful and less successful KT strategies, demonstrate change created through KT activities, identifying factors that affect KT success, and demonstrate outcomes and impact of KT activities.


Assessing the Quality and Applicability of Systematic Reviews (AQASR)

The AQASR document and checklist was developed to help busy clinicians, administrators, and researchers to ask critical questions that help to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of a systematic review, in general, and as relevant to their particular clinical question or other practical concerns.


Standards for Assistive Technology Funding: What are the Right Criteria?

Developed by the KTDRR's Assistive Technology (AT) Working Group, this white paper addresses the issue of the expectation of an evidence-based standard to determine AT product efficacy, and the impact of this standard on the transfer, use, and payment for assistive technologies designed for persons with disabilities. Members of the AT Working Group represent five key stakeholder groups (AT consumers, AT service providers, AT researchers and methodologists, AT manufacturers/product developers, and AT payers and policymakers) that comprise the entire system of manufacture, prescription, application, funding, reimbursement, and efficacy research within each field of AT devices and services.