Training on High-Quality Research Evidence Methods Starts Feb. 20

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) is pleased to announce a five-part training course, developed in conjunction with The Campbell Collaboration, that focuses on high-quality methods for synthesis of evidence. It covers the procedures and methods for conducting systematic reviews/research syntheses and use of results in practice. Beginning on February 20, 2019, the training will be presented via monthly webcasts using the Adobe Connect platform, which encourages interaction among participants and presenters. The webcasts will be recorded and archived along with links to supplementary resources. Tentative schedule:

  1. Overview of Systematic Review and Research Synthesis – February 20, 2019 (3–4 p.m. ET)
    Presenter: Terri Pigott, PhD, Senior Methods Editor, The Campbell Collaboration; Associate Provost for Research and Professor, Loyola University, Chicago
  2. Basic Steps and Procedures for a Campbell Systematic Review – March 20, 2019 (3–4 p.m. ET)
    Presenter: Terri Pigott, PhD, Senior Methods Editor, The Campbell Collaboration; Associate Provost for Research and Professor, Loyola University, Chicago
  3. Management/Analysis Tools for Reviews (such as Covidence, abstrackr, DistillerSR, EPPI–Reviewer) – tentative date April 17, 2019 (3–4 p.m. ET)
    Presenters: TBD
  4. Evidence Gap Maps and Other Innovative Reporting Strategies – tentative date May 15, 2019 (3–4 p.m. ET) Presenter: Howard White, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, The Campbell Collaboration
  5. Meta-Analysis and Effect Size – June 19, 2019 (3–4 p.m. ET)
    Presenters: Ryan Williams, PhD, and Joshua Polanin, PhD; The Campbell Collaboration; Principal Researchers, American Institutes for Research

2019 NARRTC Conference

Register now for Inclusive Disability Research and Practice: Building on our History, the 41st Annual Conference of NARRTC, the association of NIDILRR grantees. The 2019 Conference takes place on April 23–24, 2019, at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City (Arlington, Virginia).
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Stay an extra day for the post-conference Outreach to Policymakers Workshop the morning of April 25.

Outreach to Policymakers Workshop (April 25)

Learn about the best strategies for sharing research information with state and national policymakers. The Center on KTDRR is sponsoring a free post-NARRTC conference workshop for researchers funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at The Ritz-Carlton - Pentagon City. (We may invite non-NIDILRR-affiliated participants if space allows.)

Bobby Silverstein of Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC presents 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.

On March 27, 2019 (3–4 p.m. ET), workshop registrants are invited to participate in a pre-workshop webcast to orient participants to the event and to address specific questions about meeting with policymakers. Webcast details will be sent to workshop registrants.

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

KTDRR’s Policy Portal

We are pleased to announce a new online Policy Portal designed to facilitate connections between disability organizations and NIDILRR grantees. The portal will be a source of information on organizations that work to advance disability policy and improve the lives of people with disabilities. By connecting disability organizations and NIDILRR grantees, our aim is to increase the utilization of research and encourage evidence-based policies and services for people with disabilities. Contact for more information.

KT Conference Archive Available

Archived presentations from the 2018 Online KT Conference are now available:

The theme for 2018 was “Engaging Ways to Engage Stakeholders.” Archived resources include captioned YouTube videos, edited transcripts, and downloadable copies of presentation files. Preapproved for up to 9.75 CRC-CEUs through November 4, 2019 and 9.75 Continuing Education Contact Hours for CHES through December 14, 2019. Completion of evaluation form required to receive credit.

Save the date for the 2019 Online KT Conference to be held on October 28, 30, and November 1. Our theme for this year’s conference is "Innovative KT Strategies That Work."

Technical Assistance (TA) Network

The Center on KTDRR hosted an online TA Network meeting in December 2018. The discussion included producing accessible media such as infographics, podcasts, and videos; using social media effectively; and online platforms for group discussions. Participants shared knowledge and resources related to these topics, discussed challenges they’ve faced in their knowledge translation work, recognized their successes, and collaborated to identify areas of expertise. Thank you to all who were able to attend!

The next TA Network online meeting will take place in May. A short agenda will be sent prior to the event; however, we want to hear from all NIDILRR grantees like you. Please feel free to contact us with ideas for the discussion. We encourage you to become a part of our knowledge sharing TA community! For additional details, please e-mail Tracy Bauman at

New Year, New Website, New KT Casebook

The Center on KTDRR is excited to share the launch of our newly designed website, With a sleeker design and cleaner layout, we hope that you’ll find the website easier to navigate and find what you need more quickly and efficiently.

For example, we’ve updated our KT Casebook with the newest NIDILRR grantees and their KT activities. The sixth edition allows all grantees to interact and learn from each and expand our overall KT actions.

Our goal with the website remains the same—to provide our visitors with research results that can have a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities.

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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. Copyright © 2019 by American Institutes for Research