John Westbrook and Kathleen Murphy from SEDL's disability research work group write about knowledge translation for the International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation.

Knowledge translation (KT) encompasses not only dissemination and uptake of information, but also the targeted production, vetting and synthesis of scientific knowledge, with users' direct involvement and ultimate benefit through the use of evidence-based applications. People engaged in KT—whether researchers, product developers, or consumers—seek to close the gap between what people know and what they do. KT efforts improve return on research investment because the public can rely on resources informed by analysis of available evidence. As a process, KT is focused on producing change-based outcomes with specific target systems and/or groups.

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