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Issue 15
August 2015

KTER Today: Putting Research to Work

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

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The online version of the KTER Center’s 2015 spring workshop on Barriers and Supports for Research Use/Effective Knowledge Translation Strategies is now available.

The workshop presents results from KTER Center research activities on promoting the use of high quality research information to support the employment of people with disabilities, using strategies such as focus groups, surveys, webinars, and secret Facebook groups. Speakers include:

  • Dr. Kathleen Murphy, KTER Research Director, SEDL/American Institutes for Research
  • Dr. Carolyn W. Graham, Research Associate, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
  • Ms. Valerie Brooke, Knowledge Translation Associate, VCU
  • Mr. Jay McLaughlin, Peer Mentor, Healthy Connections/VCU

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NOTE: We have requested pre-approval for 1.5 CRC-CEUs
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Earn Credit for Free Training

Learn about cancer-related workplace issues and recent changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act by viewing this no-cost one hour webinar. The training is lead by Joe Bontke, the outreach manager and ombudsman for the Houston District office of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Eligible participants can also sign up to participate in the associated research study. Research participants can receive 1 hour CRC-CEU from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) and 1 hour of recertification credit from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

To qualify, participants must have supervisory authority, work in human resources or be a professional whose responsibilities could involve supporting employees with cancer in the workplace. Participants must complete 3 short surveys, including a 3 month follow-up. More information can be found on our website:

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NOTE: Pre-approval for CRC-CEUs ends on September 15, 2015.

Hot off the Press!
KTER Center Technical Brief #6

Highlights from a KTER Center Systematic Review: Employment Interventions for Return to Work in Working Aged Adults Following Traumatic Brain Injury

KTERCenter Technical Brief #6 highlights the findings and implications from a systematic review that examined interventions that can help people return to work or keep working following a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Carolyn Graham and Michael West led a review team that developed Employment Interventions for Return to Work in Working Aged Adults Following Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review, soon-to-be published in The Campbell Library.

Upcoming Webcast:
Using Facebook as a KT Strategy

Accessing Information on Employment by Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury: Facebook as a Knowledge Translation Strategy

DATE: November 18, 2015
TIME: 2-2:45 PM Eastern / 1-1:45 PM Central
PRESENTERS: Katherine J. Inge, PhD, OTR and Carolyn W. Graham, PhD

This webcast will cover the findings from a study using Facebook to provide information on employment evidence-based practices to individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Two groups of individuals with TBI participated in the study. One group was randomly assigned to the Facebook intervention and the other group assigned to a "business as usual" group. This group received a monthly e-mail with resources similar to those posted in the Facebook group. The presenters will cover the results of the study and discuss needs for future research on using social media as a knowledge translation strategy.

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Report on ICDR Symposium

KTER Research Director Kathleen Murphy was an invited presenter at the Disability and Employment Symposium: Research Informing Practice and Policy, sponsored by the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR). Her presentation, co-authored by KTER Research Associate Steven Boydston, and research partners from Virginia Commonwealth University, Katherine Inge, Valerie Brooke and Michael West, was entitled "Strategies for Engaging the Business Community in Disability and Employment Research." It drew on findings from 12 KTER focus groups with members of the business community.

Murphy and colleagues emphasized that members of the business community, some of whom influence relevant legislation and set corporate policies, are key stakeholders for the research agenda in disability and employment. The overall recommendation for researchers was to use a hybrid form of outreach to business that combines online products with individualized conversational follow-up. Researchers who conduct outreach to the business community should be aware that there is wide variation regarding how “research” is defined. Time is also an important factor: research needs to be timely; to be packaged in ways that make it possible for quick consumption; and be connected to a business case so that its use is perceived as worth the time invested. Outreach should map onto preferred channels of information receipt (data generated in-house or via highly trusted sources) with opportunities for dialogue. Finally, LinkedIn aside, social media tools are used more by business to push information out, not for accessing research, though online products disseminated via email (electronic discussion lists) are valued.

The presentation was part of a panel entitled "Interactions among Research, Policy and Practice in Disability Employment," which was chaired by the KTER Center's project officer, Dr. Pimjai Sudsawad. Other presenters included fellow NIDILRR grantee Dr. Hannah Rudstam of Cornell University, and Dr. Demetra Smith Nightingale, Chief Evaluation Officer of the U.S. Department of Labor. The event was held at the Department of Labor on June 24, 2015. The Symposium materials including the final program, bios, abstracts, and presentations are available on the ICDR website: (link expired 6/2018).

Next Steps for the KTER Center

On October 1 the KTER Center will enter into a no-cost extension through September 30, 2016 to complete our studies of knowledge translation strategies to increase the use of research that might improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. SEDL’s study is related to the webinar described above, and partners at VCU will complete follow-up activities for the Facebook study. The KTER Today newsletter will continue to share results from these studies and other information on knowledge translation for employment research for people with disabilities.

KTER Today was developed by the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) through grant #H133A100026 to SEDL from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Community Living (ACL). However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

SEDL operates the KTER Center. SEDL is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to affording equal access to education and employment opportunities for all individuals. SEDL does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a disability. Copyright © 2015 by SEDL, an affiliate of American Institutes for Research.

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