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KT Update

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

Vol. 6, No. 1 - November 2017


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The contents of this newsletter were developed under grant numbers 90DP0027 and 90DPKT0001 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this newsletter do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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KTDRR's Continued Service to the
Disability Community and NIDILRR Grantees

We are pleased to announce that for the next 5 years, American Institutes for Research (AIR) will continue to serve the disability community at large, and NIDILRR grantees in particular, in their efforts to synthesize research and engage in knowledge translation. We will also continue to publish the KT Update to keep readers informed of new initiatives and supports for you.

Webcast Updates

Save the Date for These Upcoming KTDRR Webcasts

December 12, 2017, 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET KTDRR staff will partner with the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) to discuss Career Pathways: A Roadmap for Innovation and Integration, featuring speakers from Rehabilitation Services Administration and a panel of vocational rehabilitation representatives on Career Pathways projects that can be replicated in other areas. Click this link to register for this webcast. If you are not logged into the WINTAC website, you will be prompted to log in. If you have any technical questions, please contact Verification of Completion forms for CRC-CEUs will be distributed by WINTAC.

December 13, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET Tune into our upcoming webcast series, Disability Research: Why It Matters, to hear about how people with disabilities find, judge, and use research. The aim of this series is to help researchers improve their outreach to people with disabilities by better understanding the issues that affect access and use of research. Register today!

January 11, 2018, 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET Dr. Sharon Straus, director of the Knowledge Translation Program of St. Michael’s Hospital and of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto, will present a webcast, Knowledge Translation in Canada - Today and Tomorrow. Dr. Straus will discuss the current status of KT activities in Canada, with a focus on the KT Canada Network and the KT program at St. Michael’s, and will describe KT plans that are under development. Register Today!

January 17, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET Hear from David Pickup from Concordia University about international information retrieval for systematic reviews and meta-analysis. In addition to learning about the importance of including traditional sources into research, Dr. Pickup will describe tools for information management and criteria for reporting of search strategies. Register Today!

January 29, 30, and 31, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET Listen in to a series of brief webisodes conducted with staff members of the University College London’s Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating (EPPI) Centre. The pre-recorded webisodes will introduce a product, tool, or project of the EPPI-Centre and will include an introduction and short discussion of the topic, an overview of the development process, and outcomes of its use. Register Today!

In-Person Workshop for NIDILRR Grantees on Outreach to Policymakers

The Center on KTDRR is sponsoring a free post-NARRTC Conference workshop for NIDILRR grantees on Wednesday morning, March 28, 2018. Bobby Silverstein will present research-based practices on strategies for networking and sharing research results with representatives on Capitol Hill and within grantees’ respective states.

  • Date/time: March 28, 2018, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Registration and refreshments 8:30–9:00 a.m.)
  • Location: Plaza D, The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, 1250 S Hayes St, Arlington, VA 22202
  • Presenter: Bobby Silverstein, Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC
  • Registration:

Earn CRC-CEUs for Viewing Webcast Archives

There is still time to view these webcast and conference archives and earn preapproved CRC-CEUs that will expire next month, December 2017.

Essential Practices to Facilitate Implementation of WIOA (3 CRC-CEUs through December 5, 2017)

Communication Tools for Moving Research to Practice (10 CRC-CEUs through December 11, 2017)

Other Archived Webcasts

Can We Still Call it Evidence-Based Practice if We Deviate From the Evidence? Dr. Marcel Dijkers led an overview and discussion of the limits of evidence-based practice: Can an intervention still be considered evidence based if a clinician cannot implement it exactly as described?

Webcast Series: Equity and Methods in Campbell Collaboration Systematic Reviews This three-part webcast series on equity considerations and methodological standards of the Campbell Collaboration is now available. The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that promotes positive social and economic change through the production and use of systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis for evidence-based policy and practice. These webcasts provide a brief introduction (7–10 minutes) to the topics of the presentation.

Knowledge Translation Planning:
NIDILRR Grantee Benchmarks and KTDRR Resources

Does your project have a written plan for its knowledge translation (KT) activities? According to the KT Centers’ Community of Practice survey of NIDILRR grantees, 71.4% of principal investigators who responded report having written KT plans for their projects, up from 61.5% since the survey was administered in 2016. When asked about their plans’ features, more than half NIDILRR grantees who responded to the survey agreed or strongly agreed that “my KT plan describes outcomes for my KT activity,” and that “my KT plan outlines activities to achieve outcomes among the target audience members that are based on their demonstrated KT needs.”

Does your project need a plan, or does your KT plan need a review?
Check out these KTDRR resources to help you think through all that’s involved:

Guest presentations from Dr. Melanie Barwick:
Available now
KT Planning to Implementation to Outcomes:

Knowledge Translation Planning Template:

Developing the KT Plan to Build Research Impact:

Coming Soon
Meeting Your KT Goals: An Overview of KT Planning Basics and Evaluation

Check out related resources in KTDRR’s KT Library
Guide to Knowledge Translation Planning at CIHR: Integrated and End-of-Grant Approaches:

Development of a Planning Tool to Guide Research Dissemination:

Looking for a one-on-one consult about your KT plan?
No-cost assistance available to NIDILRR grantees.
E-mail us at or fill out this Technical Assistance request form:

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