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An e-bulletin from the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 15   |   December 2020


Webcast on Findings From KTER Center Study
of Knowledge Brokering in
Vocational Rehabilitation Settings

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The KTER Center recently developed a three-part webcast. One segment summarizes findings from surveys administered to vocational rehabilitation (VR) supervisors involved in an online training that the KTER Center designed to help them serve as knowledge brokers to their staff in two areas: the employment of adults with autism and preemployment transition services. We also surveyed their staff, VR supervisors who signed up for the study but were assigned to a control group, and their corresponding staff. A second segment relates themes that arose in KTER Center researchers’ monthly follow-up interviews with training participants, which continued for 6 months after they finished the online modules. The third segment describes trends in caseload data from a range of states that had VR supervisors who participated in the study, focused on patterns in service provision.

Study findings can inform understanding of what has an impact on VR supervisors and staff being more likely to use research in their day-to-day work in helping clients succeed in getting jobs and keeping them. Register here to be notified when the webcasts are available for broadcast.

Would you like to view the online training modules that the KTER Center developed for this study? They are now available to the public!

Note: Sign up for the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation (KTDRR)’s newsletter KT Update to receive updates on when the KTER Center’s “Pre-employment Transition Services for Students with Disabilities: A Scoping Review,” which informed the content of the students with disabilities module, will be published in 2021. It will appear in an open access format in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, volume 54, number 2. KTER Center researchers Elizabeth Frentzel, Kathleen Murphy, Zoe Geyman, and Jeremy Rasmussen produced the review with coauthor Chad Nye from the University of Central Florida.

Online Business Engagement Modules
Now Available to the Public

Online Business Engagement Modules

In addition to the modules tailored for VR supervisors, the KTER Center developed a training for members of the National Employment Team in collaboration with Kathy West-Evans of the KTER Center’s partner, the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Linda Hedenblad of the VR Development Group. The four 15-minute modules apply what KTER Center researchers learned from its scoping review on studies of VR agencies’ outreach to business, combined with practitioner tips on engaging members of the business community.

Learn more and view the business engagement modules!

The KT Planning Tool Companion

KT Planning Tool Companion - KTER CENTER: Knowledge Translation for Employment Research

In coordination with Dr. Melanie Barwick, the KTER Center developed The Knowledge Translation Planning Template© Companion Tool for Disability Employment Researchers.

The Knowledge Translation Planning Template (KTPT) Companion Tool guides users on how to use the logic in the KTPT and turn it into prose for funding proposals or project plans. The KTER Center developed this guide to introduce the KTPT Companion Tool to grantees in the employment portfolio of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) and help them use the template and its companion tool.

From the KTER Center to CeKTER

Congratulations to Marianne Farkas of Boston University, Sargent College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and Marsha Ellison of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Implementation Science & Practice Advances Research Center, who will shepherd the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research for its next 5-year award cycle with some new branding: "CeKTER" (pronounced sector). We at the KTER Center have appreciated their engagement in our activities during the 10 years that the American Institutes for Research and its affiliate SEDL housed the center.

CeKTER: Center for Knowledge Translation for Employment Research CeKTER is committed to the coproduction of research project findings with experts across a variety of fields. The Advisory Council membership, for example, consists of seminal thinkers in implementation science and representatives of national associations of people with disabilities. Collaborators include prominent NIDILRR disability employment researchers. CeKTER will collaborate with NIDILRR-funded grantees to generate new materials and methods for greater utilization of knowledge translation in services and policies to successfully promote employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

CeKTER is available to you for technical assistance on knowledge translation of your research. We can provide guidance and advice on

  • engagement of stakeholders,
  • social media,
  • website design, and
  • implementation strategies for adoption and use of your research.

To request technical assistance or for more information, please contact us at CeKTER@umassmed.edu.

The KTER Center is confident that NIDILRR’s employment grantees are in good hands with CeKTER. We encourage you to reach out to CeKTER for your upcoming training and technical assistance needs. This issue will the final one for KTER Today.

Please follow the new center on Facebook @CeKTER.Employment and on Twitter @Cekter_Employmt and subscribe to the CeKTER newsletter at CeKTER@umassmed.edu. Be on the lookout for CeKTER’s new website and first newsletter in 2021.

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Happy Holidays from AIR’s KTER Center

From the KTER family to yours, have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

Happy Holidays - KTER CENTER: Knowledge Translation for Employment Research

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The contents of this newsletter were developed under grant number 90DP0077 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this newsletter do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.