Registration Is Now Open for the
2019 Online KT Conference!

Are you interested in learning innovative strategies for maximizing your knowledge translation (KT) research and development activities? Register today for the Center on KTDRR’s 2019 Online KT Conference: Innovative KT Strategies That Work!

Dates: October 28, October 30, and November 1, 2019

Time: 1:00–5:00 p.m. Eastern Time each day

Global experts will present on impactful topics, including:

  • Setting the stage for KT
  • Research synthesis and planning for impact
  • Innovative dissemination strategies and tools

Registration is free and is open through October 25, 2019. For more information, please check out the conference website, and join the conversation using the #KTDRR19 hashtag.

Training Slots Running Out for Managers and Supervisors in Vocational Rehabilitation State Agencies

Did you know that, if vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors are going to use research, their motivation for doing so may depend on if they think it matters to their supervisors or managers (Graham et al., 2013)? Given that finding, the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) has been offering a no-cost training (worth five Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification credit hours) for managers and supervisors in VR settings.

There are only a few slots remaining, so act fast if you’re interested!

The training offers cutting-edge research in two key topic areas: pre-employment transition services and ways to support adults with autism in their efforts to enjoy successful employment outcomes. This training is designed to enhance supervisors and managers’ abilities to translate research findings directly into practice. Delivery is online and on demand for individual users’ convenience.

Meet KTDRR’s Intern: Devin Dedrick!

Photo of Devin Dedrick The Center on KTDRR is happy to introduce its newest team member, Devin Dedrick! Devin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Tampa, Master of Education degree in quantitative methods from the University of Texas at Austin, and he’s currently working on a doctorate in quantitative methods at the University of Texas at Austin. Devin’s primary focus within his doctorate program is the methodology of meta-analysis. He is currently assisting with three systematic review projects that the Center on KTDRR and the Center on KTER are supporting, as well as with reviews and updates to related sections of the Center on KTDRR’s website Outside of work and school, Devin enjoys watching soccer, going to the movies, and hiking the Greenbelt. Welcome to the team, Devin!

Join Us at the KTER SoS Conference on Employment Research to Learn More About Using KT Brokering and KT in Disability Employment Research

You are invited to join us at the upcoming Center on KTER State of the Science (SoS) Conference on Employment Research, September 4–6, 2019, in Portland, Maine. The SoS will be a special track at the 12th Annual Summit on Performance Management Excellence.

Dr. Maureen Dobbins of McMaster University will provide a keynote address for KTER’s SoS on knowledge brokering. Dr. Dobbin’s keynote address, “Knowledge Brokering as an Evidence Based Strategy” will be live streamed on September 5, 2019 from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Eastern. The session will also be recorded and archived for later viewing. To register for the live stream of Dr. Dobbin’s keynote address, please visit our registration form.

Also part of KTER’s SoS, KTER staff will present findings from KTER studies of knowledge brokering in vocational rehabilitation agencies focused on the uptake of research related to the employment of autism and pre-employment transition services and on outreach to business. In a special session, the Center on KTDRR Utilization Lead Ann Outlaw will guide participants through an interactive presentation grounded in the Knowledge to Action (KTA) Framework (Graham et al., 2006). Participants also will have the opportunity to practice applying the KTA model in developing a KT project.

Date: September 4–6, 2019

Location: Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, ME

Register Now for “Everything You Wanted to Know About Advisory Boards” Webcast!

Advisory boards—bodies that provide expert advice and guidance to an entity, particularly from consumers’ perspectives—are crucial to the success of projects funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The Center on KTDRR is hosting a webcast-based discussion: “Everything you Wanted to Know About Advisory Boards.”

The webcast will feature two NIDILRR projects—The Mayo Clinic Traumatic Brain Injury Model System and Improving Assessment of Opioid Use Disorder in People With Disabilities Related to Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain—both of which have successfully developed and maintained vibrant advisory boards. Join us to hear from directors and advisory board members of these projects about how they incorporate best practices for authentic and meaningful engagement to reach their intended outcomes.

Date: September 10, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

NARRTC’s 42nd Annual Meeting and Conference

NARRTC, which is the national association of NIDILRR grantees, is planning its next annual meeting and conference.

Date: April 2–3, 2020

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, VA

In-Person Workshop: Outreach to Policymakers

Want to learn about which strategies are best for sharing research information with state and national policymakers? The Center on KTDRR is sponsoring a free pre-NARRTC conference workshop for researchers funded by NIDILRR on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at a location to be announced that will be close to the site of the conference. (Space allowing, we may invite non-NIDILRR-affiliated researchers.)

Mark Bayer of Bayer Strategic Consulting will lead an all new, interactive, in-person workshop presenting proven and 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.

A few weeks before the workshop, registrants will be 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 1, 2020, 12:30–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (registration and refreshments, 12:00–12:30 p.m. Eastern Time)

Location: TBD

Preregistration: Coming soon!

Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR)

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