KT Update

Vol. 1, No. 2 - December 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.

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KTDRR's Upcoming Activities

SEDL's Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) has started scheduling workshops, webcasts, and other training activities for NIDILRR grantees and other interested parties.

Save the Date - April 17, 2013

The Center on KTDRR will host a morning workshop (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM) on Tips of the Trade: Developing High Quality Research Syntheses. Dr. Chad Nye and Dr. Oliver Wendt will describe the rationale and procedures for developing research syntheses to support evidence-based decisions in disability and rehabilitation-related fields.

SEDL's Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) Center will sponsor an afternoon workshop on the 17th (1:00 - 5:00 PM). An updated version of Barriers and Supports for Research Use will present results from KTER Center research activities, including strategies for overcoming obstacles and ways to promote the use of high quality research information to support employment of people with disabilities.

Both SEDL-sponsored workshops will be held at the Alexandria Hilton Old Town, Alexandria, VA just prior to the NARRTC Conference (April 18-19, 2013.)
More workshop information coming soon!

New Resources

Evidence Production:
PDQ-Evidence (“pretty darn quick”) provides rapid access to systematic reviews of health systems evidence. PDQ-Evidence links together systematic reviews, overviews of reviews and primary studies, thus providing a highly efficient method for searching.

Martínez García, L., Arévalo-Rodríguez, I., Solà, I., Haynes, R. B., Vandvik, P. O., & Alonso-Coello, P., For the Updating Guidelines Working Group. (2012). Strategies for monitoring and updating clinical practice guidelines: a systematic review. Implementation Science, 7, 109. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-7-109

Tong, A., Flemming, K., McInnes, E., Oliver, S., & Craig, J. (2012). Enhancing transparency in reporting the synthesis of qualitative research: ENTREQ. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 12(1),181. doi:10.1186/1471-2288-12-181

Welch, V., Petticrew, M., Tugwell, P., Moher, D., O’Neill, J., et al. (2012). PRISMA Equity 2012 Extension: Reporting guidelines for systematic reviews with a focus on health equity. PLoS Med, 9(10), e1001333. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001333

Strategies for Research Uptake:

KT Casebooks – Alberta Innovates Health Solutions. Knowledge Translation in Alberta: Health Research and Impact. This casebook, the third in a series, acknowledges research and innovation initiatives across the broad spectrum of health in Alberta. While the research involves different populations, stakeholders, and settings, the results highlight the strength and diversity of knowledge translation in the province.

Chambers, D., & Wilson, P. (2012). A framework for production of systematic review based briefings to support evidence-informed decision-making. Systematic Reviews, 1(32). doi:10.1186/2046-4053-1-32

KTDRR's Partners

The KTDRR Center is working with several international partners.
  • The Campbell Collaboration (C2) will support the development of systematic reviews in the Disability Subgroup. KTDRR will participate in the C2 Colloquium in Chicago, May 21-23, 2013.
  • The US Cochrane Center's Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE) will work with KTDRR on increasing consumer access to disability and rehabilitation research.
  • The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will provide webcasts on innovative KT strategies.
  • The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre), based in London, will offer webcasts on increasing the use of evidence in policy decisions.

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