KT Update

An e-newsletter from the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Vol. 2, No. 2 - December 2013


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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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Online Workshop: Assessing the Quality and Applicability of Systematic Reviews (AQASR)

SEDL's Center on KTDRR is sponsoring a realtime online workshop to make disability and rehabilitation practitioners and researchers familiar with AQASR, an instrument to help assess systematic reviews and consider their relevance for use. The workshop will consist of seven sessions, to be conducted by Dr. Marcel Dijkers, and tentatively scheduled to begin January 8, 2014.

In each 60-90 minute session, a small group of participants together with the instructor will review and discuss the checklist and apply it to a few systematic reviews chosen by the group. Practice assignments will make it possible for participants to have a hands-on experience to apply what they are learning.

Webcast Archives – Approved for CRC-CEUs

Two of the KTDRR's recent webcasts have been pre-approved for CEU credits by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC). To receive a Verification of Completion, you must fill out the evaluation form.

KTDRR's First Annual KT Conference - Inaugural Online Format

KTDDR held its first annual Knowledge Translation Conference on October 29, 30 and 31, 2013, utilizing an online format. The theme, "KT Measurement: Concepts, Strategies and Tools," was selected after polling NIDILRR grantees about their KT training needs. Almost 200 individuals, including 117 NIDILRR grantees, participated. We appreciate the collaboration of a number of grantee representatives who logged on to present or discuss KT measurement issues in their projects, and to several KT theorists and practitioners from the US, Canada, and the UK. Many thanks to NIDILRR's Director Dr. Charlie Lakin and KT Program Coordinator Dr. Pimjai Sudsawad who also participated. Over three-quarters of those who evaluated the conference (72/95) liked the doing the conference online instead of face-to-face.

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Survey of NIDILRR Grantees on KT Issues

In August and September of 2013, the KT Centers' Community of Practice (CoP) supported by the Center on KTDRR facilitated and administered a survey to all NIDILRR’s Principal Investigators (PIs). The survey collected data about projects' KT plans; stakeholder audiences and strategies used to involve them in project work; organizations in which grantees participate for KT purposes; methods used to measure impact; and barriers to KT. Special sections addressed international and technology-oriented aspects of project work. CoP members are currently reviewing the results and will discuss how to use the data in their next teleconference. Particular thanks to all NIDILRR grantees who participated; the CoP received 128 surveys for a 54.2% response rate. Members of the CoP include PIs and other staff from Knowledge Translation Centers funded by NIDILRR (CIRRIE, KT4TT, KT-ADA, MSKTC, KTER) and NIDILRR's KT Program Coordinator, Dr. Pimjai Sudsawad.

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