Research and innovation can lead to meaningful improvements in the lives of people with disabilities and their families. However, until research results are interpreted and applied, they have little value or effect on policy and practice. Knowledge translation refers to strategies that move research into practice by improving the relevance, reporting, accessibility, interpretation, and application of research results. SEDL accomplishes this work through partnerships with leading organizations in the knowledge translation field, such as the Campbell Collaboration and the Cochrane Collaboration.
Supporting the Production of Systematic Reviews in the Disability Field
A Disability Subgroup was established within the Campbell Collaboration (C2) Education Coordinating Group following a formal request from John Westbrook, director of SEDL's Disability Research to Practice program. The Disability Subgroup became official and convened with the Education Coordinating Group at its first meeting in May 2008 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Westbrook currently serves as Chair. The Subgroup was responsible for a symposium presenting systematic reviews focusing on disability topics at the C2 Colloquium in Oslo in 2009. The Disability Subgroup serves as a resource to work with researchers interested in sharing evidence-based research in the disability arena through systematic reviews that follow the C2 guidelines.
Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research Center: The KTDRR Center builds on the work of the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research to assist disability and rehabilitation researchers in getting their research results into the hands of the people who can use the information—employers, policymakers, service providers, and people with disabilities and their families. Staff accomplish this mission through information dissemination, technical assistance, training, and other services. Learn more
Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) Center: SEDL is partnering with Virginia Commonwealth University to operate the KTER Center. The national center's work includes synthesizing and disseminating high-quality research on improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, and identifying and testing strategies that encourage the use of research. The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research is funding the 5-year initiative. Learn more
Disability Subgroup of the Campbell Collaboration Education Coordinating Group: SEDL, in partnership with the Campbell Collaboration, has formed a Disability Subgroup within the Education Coordinating Group. The subgroup’s mission is to provide support and resources for disability researchers conducting systematic reviews and to increase the involvement of people with disabilities and their families in the review process.
Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT): SEDL is a subcontractor with the KT4TT Center at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo to help researchers funded through the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research improve their skills in knowledge translation and technology transfer. SEDL’s work on the dissemination component includes leading the development of webcasts and technical briefs.
National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (1995–2011): SEDL’s National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research worked to improve the quality and accessibility of disability and rehabilitation research and to increase its use in influencing policy, shaping new technologies, improving service delivery, and expanding decision-making options for people with disabilities and their families.
Research Utilization Support and Help (2003–2009): SEDL’s Research Utilization Support and Help project identified, described, and encouraged the use of effective strategies for making research results more accessible and useful. The project focused on disability research findings in the areas of health, technology access, independent living, and community integration.
Regional Rehabilitation Exchange: Under a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, SEDL established the Regional Rehabilitation Exchange (RRX). The RRX identified and promoted exemplary rehabilitation and independent living programs and practices in the Southwest, and served as a model for four additional RRX projects nationwide.