Issue 7
July 2013

KTER Today: Putting Research to Work

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

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Two New Resources are Available for You!

TheKTER Center is launching two new databases. The first database provides easy access to relevant research on employment for people with disabilities. The second includes knowledge translation strategies for sharing pertinent research information.

  • Employment Research Database
    This database features articles addressing interventions that lead to successful employment outcomes. Users may sort entries by disability type, population, types of interventions, and more. KTER staff at Virginia Commonwealth University created this database.
  • Knowledge Translation (KT) Strategies Database
    This database associates KT strategies with research evidence. Articles cover multiple types of KT strategies and tools. This is a joint project created by staff working with SEDL’s KTER Center and Center on KTDRR.

New research is being added regularly to these databases! Entries include articles published in 2000 or later, with links to full text when available.

KTER Research Published in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation

"Moving Employment Research into Practice: Knowledge and Application of Evidence-based Practices by State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Staff"

Abstract: The objective of this study was to identify barriers and facilitators to the use of evidence by professional staff of state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies. Data were collected via an online survey administered to 355 staff at three state VR departments. Over half of respondents could locate and comprehend research findings. Evidence-based practice (EBP) was not widely encouraged, but there was a positive relationship between the agency having sufficient funds and its support for EBP (r = 0.27, p = 0.001). The top two sources of information respondents used on the job were professional collaboration and the Internet, but not social media. State VR agencies tend not to expect that counselors will use EBP and provide limited incentives for them to do so. While VR staff value research and are open to trying new strategies based on research, translating evidence into usable and accessible products and developing efficient delivery strategies present challenges that the authors intend to investigate further in upcoming research. Knowledge translation strategies need to be developed for this audience.

Graham, C., Inge, K., Wehman, P., Murphy, K., Revell, W. G., & West, M. (2013). Moving employment research into practice: Knowledge and application of evidence-based practices by state vocational rehabilitation agency staff. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 39(1), 75-81.

© Copyright 2013 by IOS Press. Abstract reprinted by SEDL in compliance with the IOS Press Author Copyright Agreement at

Coming Soon: New 2013 Online Workshop!

Sessions were recorded at the April workshop, Barriers and Supports for Research Use. Audio files and transcripts will soon be available as an updated online workshop! KTER staff presented initial results from a survey of vocational rehabilitation counselors regarding their use of research, and VR agency representatives discussed the use of research in their work. They included: Dr. Joseph Ashley, Assistant Commissioner for Grants and Special Programs at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS); Ms. Elizabeth Smith, Director of the Policy and Planning Division for Virginia DARS; and Mr. Stephen Wooderson, CEO of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR). We are requesting pre-approval of CRC-CUEs for the 2013 online workshop.

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 and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the US Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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