Technical Assistant Consultant American Institutes for Research Spring Branch, Texas
Body of Abstract: Knowledge translation (KT) is the multidimensional, active process of ensuring that new knowledge is effectively communicated to targeted stakeholders, and ultimately improves the lives of people with disabilities and furthers their participation in society (National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Researcher [NIDILRR], 2017). Learning methods of effective communication through KT processes is important for disability and rehabilitation researchers to ensure the relevance, and promote the uptake, of their findings.
The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) provides a range of support to NIDILRR grantees, such as training on KT strategies to build grantees’ KT capacity; technical assistance in developing, refining, and implementing grantees’ KT activities; and working directly with grantees and other stakeholders to package knowledge or products for dissemination or distribution (NIDILRR, 2017, p. 31). Staff from the Center on KTDRR will share NIDILRR’s KT principles and goals of (1) addressing real issues faced by people with disabilities; (2) offering helpful information or solutions related to those issues; (3) presenting in ways that make solutions accessible to and valuable for the intended users; and (4) disseminating or distributing knowledge effectively (NIDILRR, 2017, p. 30).
Many researchers funded by NIDILRR use the Knowledge to Action (KTA) Framework (Graham et al., 2006; Straus, Tetroe, & Graham, 2013). This framework details two distinct but symbiotic components—knowledge creation and the action cycle. Far too many project outputs languish at the point of presentation or publication, which is insufficient to result in transfer, adoption, and beneficial impact outcomes. The KTA model promotes engaging stakeholders throughout the research process to improve the development and application of findings.
Following an introduction of the KTA, participants will break into teams of 4–5 people and with guidance from the presenters, will develop a KT project using the Action Cycle section of the KTA framework, and present their KT project to the class at large. The KT project activity will allow participants to practice the essential steps of the KTA action cycle and to suggest an extended role for disability researchers, developers, advocates, and practitioners.
Abbreviated Description: Participants will learn concepts underpinning knowledge translation to move conceptual discoveries from scientific research into practice by improving the relevance and application of research. Following an introduction to the Knowledge-to-Action framework (Graham et al., 2006), participants will practice applying this framework to developing knowledge translation activities appropriate for the disability and rehabilitation context.
Understand the Knowledge to Action model
Develop a Knowledge Translation plan
Identify what findings/project outputs are appropriate for knowledge translation
Improve stakeholder (i.e. researchers, health care providers, service providers, people with disabilities) involvement in project's knowledge translation activities