KT Update

Vol. 1, No. 1 - October 2012 


KT Update was developed by the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) through grant #H133A120012 to SEDL from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) in the US Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government.

Copyright © 2012 by SEDL

Welcome to SEDL's KTDRR Center!

Welcome to the first issue of the e-newsletter, KT Update, presented by the new Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR). Operated by SEDL in Austin, Texas, the KTDRR Center is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The KTDRR Center expands on activities of the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR) (1995-2011).

Future issues of KT Update will share news of upcoming events and commentary on knowledge translation topics of interest to researchers and others.

About the KTDRR Center

The purpose of the KTDRR Center is to make it easier to find, understand, and use the results of research that can make a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities. The KTDRR Center promotes "the use of high-quality disability and rehabilitation research that is relevant to the needs of intended audience by serving as the main KT resource" for NIDILRR-funded researchers, developers, and KT centers.

Other audiences include people with disabilities and their families, disability advocates, service providers, and policy makers, as well as administrators, educators, and employers.

Why a KTDRR Center?

The Center on KTDRR will carry out integrated training, dissemination, utilization, and technical assistance activities in collaboration with several national and international partners. Increased use of valid and relevant research findings that inform decision-making and increased understanding of knowledge translation principles and their application are our outcome goals.

KTDRR's Partners

International partners working with the KTDRR Center include the Campbell Collaboration, the Cochrane Collaboration, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre). KTDRR provides support for the Disability Subgroup, a part of the Campbell Collaboration.

KTDRR also works closely with an expert review panel and with other NIDILRR-funded researchers, including the University of Washington, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine; Mount Sinai School of Medicine; SUNY Buffalo, Center for Assistive Technology; and the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

Activities of the KTDRR Center

The KTDRR Center will use Web-based information channels and social media to communicate with a wide variety of audiences. Some planned activities include:

  • KT Update, a bi-monthly e-newsletter
  • Annual KT Casebook to describe NIDILRR grantees’ KT strategies, challenges, and successes
  • Annual KT Conference for NIDILRR-funded grantees and others, by invitation
  • Webcasts and online archives
  • Workshops and online archives
  • Work groups and communities of practice on KT topics

Coming soon!

  • Website to launch in November
  • Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages
  • Online KT Library, including the Registry of Systematic Reviews, Directory of Journals, and Database of KT Strategies
  • Online tools for synthesizing, evaluating, and disseminating research findings
  • How to access and use research information

How to Participate with KTDRR

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  • Request information?
  • Request technical assistance? (for NIDILRR grantees only)
  • Suggest items/topics for online resources?

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