The KTER Center identifies National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)-funded and others’ research findings that improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. Armed with this critical research, the Center determines what informational needs are most pressing for stakeholders such as individuals with disabilities and their families, vocational rehabilitation practitioners, the business community, and policy makers.
Leaders of organizations, research experts in the disability community, and consumers alike have committed to participate in our activities to ensure the Center’s work is useful and relevant to the end-users. The KTER Center has partnered with the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) to gain the most comprehensive understanding of vocational rehabilitation.
To help stakeholders meet their identified needs within those areas, the KTER Center investigates and tests knowledge translation (KT) strategies. The Center also provides technical assistance and training to grantees to plan and engage in KT activities. The Center aims to enhance grantees understanding of KT strategies, and then support them to conduct their own research, development, and dissemination. Dissemination activities highlight the NIDILRR grantees’ work, and the Center actively promotes KTER activities and products to ensure utilization. Lastly, the KTER Center promotes collaboration among NIDILRR-funded researchers in the employment field, and between these researchers and their target audiences that can benefit from their research findings.