Welcome back to our series that highlights NIDILRR’s Outcome Domains and Support Areas. This month, we look at NIDILRR’s Outcome Domains and Support Area on Knowledge Translation. Through this research program, NIDILRR seeks to ensure the widespread distribution, in usable formats, of practical scientific and technological information generated by research, demonstration, and related activities. Through knowledge translation (KT), researchers may provide the tools through which service providers, clinicians, therapists, and others may ensure that people with disabilities become fully integrated and participating members of society.
The majority of NIDILRR grantees conduct some KT activities to disseminate the results of their research to stakeholders. However, some grantees focus on KT as their primary activity, supporting the efforts of researchers and providing technical assistance and resources to help them spread their message. For Fiscal Year 2019, 17 projects focused the majority of their activities in knowledge translation. These projects include:
- The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) promotes the use of high-quality research on disability, independent living, and rehabilitation that is relevant to the needs of different audiences, such as people with disabilities, their families, and service providers, and serves as the main KT resource for other NIDILRR grantees, including grantees that serve as KT Centers. KTDRR provides trainings, technical assistance and tools to support the KT practices of NIDILRR’s grantees and provide resources related to KT that include a Database of KT Strategies, a registry of systematic reviews, and info briefs; coordinates annual KT conferences and workshops on policymaker outreach and social media, among other topics; and publishes KT conferences and supports conference panels, both of which showcase the KT practices of grantees.
- The Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) identifies findings related to improving the employment outcomes among people with disabilities that have been produced by NIDILRR grantees and other entities. The Center also researches and tests KT strategies that can increase the appropriate use of identified research findings that meet the reported needs of stakeholders, including individuals with disabilities, vocational rehabilitation practitioners, and the business community. KTER also develops research-based information resources related to the informational needs of stakeholders and the capacity to plan and implement KT activities of NIDILRR grantees, which includes the Employment Research Database. Finally, the Center provides technical assistance to researchers to support their utilization of KTER’s resources related to the incorporation of effective KT strategies into their research, development, and dissemination activities.
- The project, Initiative to Mobilize Partnerships for successful Assistive teChnology Transfer (IMPACT), addresses the barriers, facilities, and factors associated with assistive technologies (AT), and successful AT technology transfer (ATTT). IMPACT conducts research and develops tools and approaches to streamline and improve the efficiency of ATTT for people with disabilities. As part of their activities, IMPACT provides KT to help researchers and consumers comprehensively understand the barriers and facilitators to successful ATTT and to raise awareness and increase capacity of NIDILRR grantees to perform successful ATTT.
The projects within the Knowledge Translation Support Area produce peer-reviewed articles, factsheets, videos, guides, and more. Here is a sample of what these projects have produced:
- The report, Experience of discrimination and the ADA: An ADA Knowledge Translation Center research brief, reviews research about how people with disabilities perceive discrimination in relation to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the types of issues experienced, and the outcomes of these events. Published by the ADA Knowledge Translation Center, the report discusses the significant discrimination in many areas faced by people with disabilities, including employment and in public and private aspects of life. It also discusses how the ADA allows people with disabilities to challenge discrimination in the realms of employment, public services, and places of public use.
- The e-bulletin, KTER today: Putting research to work, June 2019, offers information to expand knowledge about evidence-based practices to improve employment for people with disabilities. This issue also discusses KTER’s State of the Science conference in Portland, Maine; spotlights the Center’s webcast archives; and discusses the Knowledge Translation Casebook from KTDRR.
Did you know that NARIC is also a KT center? Some of NARIC’s KT activities include our Research In Focus series; NARIC’s Spotlight blog has a cornucopia of posts that fall under the KT umbrella, including this series of posts on NIDILRR’s Outcome Domains and Support Areas; NARIC’s FAQs also are part of NARIC’s KT activities; and more.
If you would like to learn more about NIDILRR’s Outcome Domains and Support Areas, other projects or products within the Knowledge Translation area, or would like more information about knowledge translation, please contact NARIC’s information specialists.