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KT Update

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

Vol. 6, No. 4 - August 2018


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The contents of this newsletter were developed under grant number 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 2018 Webinar Training Activities

Register today for KTDRR’s 2018 Social Media Training. Interested in utilizing social media outreach and engagement more effectively as part of your knowledge translation (KT) activities? Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from social media expert Madalyn Sklar and learn 11 effective ways to elevate your presence on social media using a variety of tactics, tips, and tools. The webinar will cover topics such as branding, content curation, engagement, analytics, and live video.

KTDRR’s 2018 Social Media Training: 11 Tactics, Tips, and Tools to Leverage a Powerful Social Media Strategy

  • Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m. ET
  • Presenter: Madalyn Sklar, Social Media Strategist

Register now at for KTDRR’s 2018 Social Media Training.

For more information on the webinar, please visit

KTDRR’s 2018 Training on Research Evidence: An Overview of Effect Sizes and Meta-Analysis

  • Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET
  • Presenters: Josh Polanin and Ryan Williams (AIR; The Campbell Collaboration)

Register now at for KTDRR’s 2018 Research Evidence Training.

For more information on the training, please visit

Registration is now open!
2018 Online KT Conference

Are you interested in learning strategies for engaging in systematic outreach to stakeholders as part of your KT research and development activities? Register today for the 2018 Online KT Conference: Engaging Ways to Engage Stakeholders. This conference is designed for grantees and other stakeholders of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The free, virtual conference takes place across three afternoons during one work week in November.

Dates: November 5, 7, and 9, 2018
Time: 1:00–5:00 p.m. ET each day

Global experts will present on impactful topics, including:

  • How to engage stakeholders early: Project planning strategies and integrated KT
  • How to engage stakeholders often: Implementation and evaluation strategies
  • How to know you’ve had an impact on stakeholders: Measurement and sustainability

To register for the free 2018 Online KT Conference, please visit:

For more information, please check out the conference website. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates, and join the conversation using the #KTDRR18 hashtag.

Stakeholder Engagement

What is research without application? We know that research is vital to our mission of moving research into practice that policymakers, rehabilitation practitioners, and other stakeholders be engaged in our work. We also know that this can sometimes be a challenge. KTDRR’s past Online KT Conferences have included sessions focused on stakeholder engagement. Visit the Conference archive pages (years linked below) to find transcripts, presentation files, and text descriptions for these and other presentations.

2015 Conference Archive: Engaging Stakeholders in Rehabilitation Research: Literature vs. Reality (Chantal Camden, Sherbrooke University; Keiko Shikako-Thomas, McGill University)

2016 Conference Archive: Communicating Science and Engaging the Public (Tiffany Lohwater, American Association for the Advancement of Science)

2017 Conference Archive: Commitment Issues: How to Get My Community Organized to Say Yes to an Integrated KT Project (Chris McBride, Spinal Cord Injury British Columbia)

In response to the success of these sessions, the theme of this year’s KT Conference is Engaging Ways to Engage Stakeholders. During the conference presenters will advise participants on how to incorporate stakeholder participation into the entire life cycle of a project.

Just as it is important that you engage stakeholders, we also want to engage NIDILRR grantees in our work. Within the KTDRR and KTER Centers there are many ways to become involved. KTDRR hosts a Technical Assistance (TA) Network that meets biannually to give grantees the opportunity to network and share information about their KT activities, successes, and barriers. Please contact TA lead Joann Starks at for more information.

KTDRR’s Community of Practice on Evidence for
Disability and Rehabilitation Research

The KTDRR's Community of Practice on Evidence for Disability and Rehabilitation (CoP-EDR) focuses on the creation, evaluation and use of evidence and related topics identified by the members. A CoP includes people with similar interests and needs who help one another to support and improve their professional activities. They benefit when they learn from others but may benefit even more when they share this knowledge and experience with other members.

The next meeting of the CoP-EDR, facilitated by Dr. Marcel Dijkers, will take place on Friday, September 21, 2018, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (Eastern). If you would like to participate in this teleconference, or get more information, please contact Joann Starks. Learn more about the CoP-EDR.

Updates From the Disability Coordinating Group
of the Campbell Collaboration

In the last issue of KT Update, we outlined the various forms of assistance KTDRR provides to NIDILRR grantees interested in authoring research syntheses and systematic reviews. KTDRR staff continue to spread the word about this support through conference presentations and networking. What’s coming up, you ask?

  • Using funds from American Institutes for Research (AIR) set aside to support activities of the Campbell Collaboration’s Disability Coordinating Group (DCG), co-chair and KTDRR training lead Joann Starks will travel to Melbourne, Australia, for the Global Evidence and Implementation Summit. Joann and DCG co-chair Oliver Wendt will give a podium presentation updating attendees at the Summit about the activities of the DCG. KTDRR provides TA to NIDILRR grantees who are authoring DCG systematic reviews. To learn more about the DCG, please contact Co-Chair, Joann Starks:
  • A sneak peek of the DCG presentation: The Disability Subgroup of the Education Coordinating Group was established in 2008 at the Steering Group meeting held in Oslo, Norway, in response to a request from then-NIDRR grant Principal Investigator, John D. Westbrook. During the next 10 years, a number of disability-related systematic reviews (SR) were published, with 10 more SRs currently in progress. At least 5 of these reviews are based on NIDILRR-funded research. In May 2017, the Campbell Board approved elevating the Disability Subgroup to its own Coordinating Group. Several NIDILRR grantees also participate as members of the DCG Advisory Board.
  • Kathleen Murphy will share updates about the DCG with the NIDILRR community gathered for the celebration of its 40th anniversary on October 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. Following the anniversary event, she will join Oliver and Joann at the Global Evidence and Implementation Summit.

Save the Date
NARRTC 2019 and Post-conference Workshop

Planning is underway for the 41st Annual Conference of NARRTC (the association of NIDILRR grantees), which will take place on April 23–24, 2019, at The Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City (Arlington, Virginia). Watch the NARRTC website for upcoming details on the conference theme, call for presentations, and registration:

In-Person Workshop on Outreach to Policymakers. What strategies are best for reaching out to share research information with state and national policymakers? KTDRR will sponsor a free post-conference workshop for NIDILRR grantees on Thursday morning, April 25, 2019, at The Ritz-Carlton. Bobby Silverstein from Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC will present research-based strategies for networking and sharing research results with representatives on Capitol Hill and in grantees’ home states. Restrictions on lobbying will also be addressed.

  • Date and Time: April 25, 2019, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (Registration and refreshments 8:00–8:30 a.m.)
  • Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, 1250 S. Hayes St., Arlington, VA 22202

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