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

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 9   |   March 2019


Calling All Managers and Supervisors in
Vocational Rehabilitation State Agencies

Did you know that if vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors are going to use research, their motivation for doing so may depend on if they think it matters to their supervisors or managers (Graham, Inge, Wehman, Murphy, Revell, & West, 2013)? Given that finding, the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) Center is offering a no-cost training for managers and supervisors in VR settings worth five Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) credit hours. The training offers cutting-edge research in two key topic areas: preemployment transition services (pre-ETS) and ways to support adults with autism in their efforts to enjoy successful employment outcomes. This training is designed to enhance supervisors’ and managers’ abilities to translate research findings directly into practice. Delivery is online and on demand for individual users’ convenience. Check out https://tinyurl.com/KTERstudy for details.

Listen to a chat between KTER Center staff Joann Starks and Center Director and Principal Researcher Kathleen Murphy in “Research Liaisons in Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies: A KTER Center Study.” Please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqyfEwY87qw&feature=youtu.be.

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  • About the research: 3:02
  • About the training: 6:21
  • Incentives: 8:08
  • How to sign up: 17:36

Employment Research Outreach Team

Attention National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) grantees working in the disability employment field: Interested in joining KTER’s Employment Research Outreach Team (EROT)? EROT consists of knowledge translation (KT) and research staff members representing NIDILRR’s employment outcomes grantees and consumers with disabilities involved in these NIDILRR projects. Consumers who are already working with their NIDILRR-funded projects also are welcome to participate in EROT.

Team members assist the KTER Center in developing products and planning for events. Current areas of conversation include KTER’s upcoming State of the Science, to be held as a special track at this year’s VR Summit, on September 4–6, 2019, in Portland, Maine. (See the article below for more detail.) We also are creating an inventory of KT measures for grantees to adopt or adapt for their own efforts.

KTER awards a small honorarium to members as a token of our appreciation. We have welcomed past support from the many NIDILRR employment projects, and we look forward to continued collaboration.

Please contact Joann Starks if you would like to join the next EROT teleconference on Tuesday, April 2 (3:00–4:00 p.m. ET).

Research-to-Practice Project Webcast, March 26, 2019

Under the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) program, NIDILRR periodically issues a funding opportunity titled “Projects for Translating the Findings and Products of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Development into Practice.” The aim of these awards is to promote the use or adoption of findings from NIDILRR-sponsored research or development projects. The KTER Center works with these projects to share information about its KT plans with other NIDILRR grantees and interested researchers through a webcast series.

In the latest webcast in this series, James Krause discusses the project, A Multidisciplinary Approach to Translating New Knowledge into Practice to Promote Health and Well-Being after Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Dr. Krause details how stakeholders help identify pressing needs of the SCI community, develop and disseminate tools and resources to meet these needs, and evaluate the resources’ usefulness to the intended audiences.

Register here for the webcast

Training on Research Evidence Methods

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) has launched a five-part training course, developed in conjunction with the Campbell Collaboration, that focuses on rigorous methods for synthesis of evidence. It covers the procedures and methods for conducting systematic reviews/research syntheses and use of results in practice. The training is presented by monthly webcasts using the Adobe Connect platform, which encourages interaction among participants and presenters. The webcasts will be recorded and archived along with links to supplementary resources.

Session 1: Overview of Systematic Review and Research Synthesis
Presenter: Terri Pigott, PhD, Senior Methods Editor, The Campbell Collaboration; Associate Provost for Research and Professor, Loyola University Chicago
Archive from February 20, 2019 session: http://ktdrr.org/training/webcasts/webcast65/index.html

Session 2: Basic Steps and Procedures for a Campbell Systematic Review
Presenter: Terri Pigott, PhD, Senior Methods Editor, The Campbell Collaboration; Associate Provost for Research and Professor, Loyola University Chicago
Date: March 20, 2019
Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET
Register: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4865798/Registration-Webcast-Steps-for-Campbell-SR

Session 3: Management/Analysis Tools for Reviews
Presenters: Representatives from organizations that have produced such tools as Abstrackr, Covidence, EPPI-Reviewer, and Rayyan
Date: April 17, 2019
Time: 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET
Register: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4871552/Registration-Management-Analysis-Tools-for-Reviews

Session 4: Evidence Gap Maps and Other Innovative Reporting Strategies
Presenter: Howard White, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, The Campbell Collaboration
Date: May 15, 2019
Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET (tentative)
Register: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4871555/Registration-EG-Maps-Other-Strategies

Session 5: Meta-Analysis and Effect Size
Presenters: Ryan Williams, PhD, and Joshua Polanin, PhD; The Campbell Collaboration; Principal Researchers, American Institutes for Research
Date: June 19, 2019
Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET
Register: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4871669/Registration-Meta-Analysis-Effect-Size

In-Person Workshop on Outreach to Policymakers,
April 25, 2019

What strategies are best for sharing research information with state and national policymakers? Our sister Center on KTDRR will sponsor a free post-NARRTC conference policymaker outreach workshop at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City.

Bobby Silverstein, from Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC, will present research-based strategies for networking and sharing research results with representatives on Capitol Hill and in grantees’ home states. Restrictions on lobbying also will be addressed.

Register here for the workshop

KTER Center’s State of the Science:
September 4–6, 2019, Portland, Maine

Make travel plans now to join the KTER Center and invited guests who will present at its State of the Science (SoS) Conference on Employment Research, to take place September 4–6 in Portland, Maine. The SoS will be a special track in the 12th Annual Summit Conference on Performance Management Excellence, and the sessions will be recorded and an archive made available. More information will be coming soon!

Dr. Maureen Dobbins is confirmed to provide a keynote presentation on knowledge brokering. Other sessions will cover employment research and KT topics. Attendees also will hear the latest findings from the KTER Center’s own studies of knowledge brokering in VR contexts, with a focus on promoting the use of research that can catalyze the employment outcomes of adults with autism and transition-aged youth with disabilities.

Date: September 4–6, 2019
Location: Portland, Maine, Holiday Inn by the Bay
Summit conference site: https://peqatac.org/summit-conference/
Summit proposal submission: https://peqatac.org/summit-conference/proposal-form/
NIDILRR employment outcomes grantees: Please contact us if you would like to share your research at KTER’s SoS Conference, a special track at this year’s summit!

Austin-Area Graduate Students:
Summer 2019 Disability Internship

Are you, or do you know, a full-time graduate student who will be in the Austin, Texas, area this summer? AIR has a summer internship available. Applications from students with disabilities are given priority review.

Knowledge Translation Casebook
(From the Center on KTDRR)

Do you have an innovative KT strategy that shows measurable results? Share the success behind your strategy with fellow NIDILRR grantees in the 7th Edition of the KT Casebook. A product of AIR’s Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (Center on KTDRR), the KT Casebook highlights what NIDILRR grantees, including those in the employment portfolio, are doing in the KT area. Its goals include:

  • Learning from each other’s experiences
  • Making connections with other grantees that may facilitate and expand our KT actions
  • Gaining new ideas about KT strategies being used by other grantees
  • Identifying KT examples that have focused on stakeholder or target audiences of interest
  • Expanding awareness of KT accomplishments being made by NIDILRR grantees

Examples in the most recent KT Casebook from employment portfolio projects include:

  • From the Research and Training Center (RTC) for Pathways to Positive Futures: Evaluating Effectiveness of Achieve My Plan Plus (AMP+) Workforce Intervention in Training Peer Support Providers
  • From the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment Policy and Measurement: National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE): Learning from Experience
  • From the Translating Evidence to Support Transitions (TEST) project: Translating Evidence to Support Transitions (TEST)

NIDILRR grantees who wish to submit an entry for the 7th Edition of the KT Casebook should e-mail Tracy Bauman by April 30, 2019, for information about how to develop your entry.

KTER Conference Connections

As part of its Conference Connections activity, the KTER Center seeks to promote networking among NIDILRR’s employment portfolio grantees at the conferences they attend. Listed below are upcoming and recent conferences that may be of interest to our KTER Today readers. All specific presentations listed include NIDILRR grantees among their authors.

32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health
Date: March 3–6, 2019
Location: Hilton Downtown Tampa, Tampa, Florida
Agenda: https://www.cmhnetwork.org/

  • Presentation title: Tips and Tricks to Developing and Sustaining Youth Advisory Councils in Mental Health Organizations
    Presented by Amanda Costa and Raphael Mizrahi
  • Presentation title: Lessons from Feasibility Piloting: Refining the PASS Academic Peer Coaching Intervention for College Students with Lived Experience
    Presented by Laura Golden, Amanda Costa, Ian Lane, and Maryann Davis
  • Presentation title: Exploring Potential Correlates of Employment and Education Experiences Among Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions
    Presented by Kathryn Sabella, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, and Laura Golden
  • Presentation title: Subjective Experiences of Having and Managing a Serious Mental Health Condition in Young Adulthood
    Presented by Kathryn Sabella, Emma Pici-D’Ottavio, and Laura Golden
  • Presentation title: Methodological Innovations in Research on Services for Youth and Young Adults
    Presented by Marsha Ellison, Gary Bond, Deborah Becker, and Marcela Hayes

Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) Spring 2019
Dates: April 6–10, 2019
Location: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, Bethesda, MD
Registration: https://www.csavr.org/events

2019 NARRTC Conference
Dates: April 23–24, 2019
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, Arlington, VA
Registration: https://narrtc.org/
“Inclusive Disability Research and Practice: Building on Our History” is the theme for this year’s 41st Conference and Annual Meeting of NARRTC, the association of NIDILRR grantees.

The KTER Center organized a panel of NIDILRR employment outcome grantees for this year’s NARRTC conference titled “NIDILRR-Funded Initiatives to Promote Vocational Outcomes for People with Psychiatric Disabilities: Looking Back Four Decades and into the Future.” It highlights research that NIDILRR grantees have conducted in the area of psychiatric rehabilitation to promote vocational outcomes over the past 40 years. The first two presentations, from Sally Rogers and Marianne Farkas, highlight work that NIDILRR grantees have led at Boston University's Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, including KT efforts to support uptake of relevant research findings. A third presenter from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Maryann Davis, offers a focused examination of the challenges that transition-aged youth with mental health issues face and how the NIDILRR-funded Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research has sought to address them.

Thanks to those NIDILRR employment portfolio grantees who volunteered to participate in this panel and the others who let us know about your upcoming presentations:

  • Presentation title: Vocational Services for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities: Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going
    Presented by E. Sally Rogers
  • Presentation title: KT to Raise the Profile of Employment of Individuals with Significant Psychiatric Disabilities in Service
    Presented by Marianne Farkas
  • Presentation title: Barriers and Facilitators of Vocational Rehabilitation and Mental Health System Working Together for Students and Youth with Psychiatric Disabilities
    Presented by Maryann Davis
  • Keynote Panel: Knowledge Translation in Action
    Presented by Marsha Ellison and Catherine Fowler, National Technical Assistance Center on Transition
  • Presentation title: Findings from the Universal Design Practices to Enhance Work Outcomes Project
    Presented by Karen Milchus, Fran Harris, Maureen Linden, Harshal Mahajan, Nathan Moon, and Jon Sanford
  • Presentation title: New Resources to Inform Selection of Workplace Accommodations
    Presented by Karen Milchus

2019 ANCOR (American Network of Community Options and Resources) Annual Conference
Dates: May 6–8, 2019
Location: Portland, OR
Registration: http://www.ancor.org/training-events/2019-ancor-conference
Focusing Services on Competitive Integrated Employment: A Research-Based Approach.
Presented by David Hoff and John Butterworth

2019 National ADA Symposium
Dates: June 16–19, 2019
Location: Dallas-Grapevine, TX
Registration: http://www.adasymposium.org

2019 Disability:IN Annual Conference & Expo
Dates: July 15–18, 2019
Location: Chicago, IL
Registration: https://conference.disabilityin.org/2019/registration/

2019 VR Summit with embedded track for KTER State of the Science
Dates: Sept. 4–6, 2019
Location: Portland, ME, Holiday Inn by the Bay
Conference site: https://peqatac.org/summit-conference/

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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.