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Dissemination of Disability Research

Thank you for your interest in this archived NCDDR Product, which was funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (Project #H133A990008).

We concluded our work on September 13, 2005 and are not updating the Research Exchange resources, but you are welcome to use them if they are helpful to you.


Research Exchange

by Volume and Issue


Volume 9, Number 3

This issue of The Research Exchange provides an outline of the NCDDR's objectives and related activities for 2004-2005. Activities planned in the areas of research, demonstration, dissemination , utilization, and technical assistance are highlighted here to increase NIDRR grantees' awareness and to encourage grantees' involvement in areas of interest. Overviews of and selected resources for Knowledge Translation (KT) and Communities of Practice are also presented.

Available: [On-line PDF Adobe PDF document 392 kB] PDF, Research Exchange - Volume 9 Number 3 

Volume 9, Number 2

This issue of The Research Exchange suggests some ideas involving logic modeling that can be used by NIDRR projects to develop or consider refinement of anticipated utilization outcomes envisioned from project work. Information on Logic Models provided in this issue may help in prioritizing and highlighting differences in strategies to achieve outcomes planned for particular target audiences or systems. NIDRR grantees are highlighted in the Who's In The News and NIDRR Grantee and Staff Recognition features.

Available: [On-line PDF Adobe PDF document 868 kB] PDF, Research Exchange - Volume 9 Number 2 

Volume 9, Number 1

The NCDDR conducts periodic surveys of consumers, NIDRR grantees, and disability-area stakeholders in order to learn how to best match research-based information with user group needs and preferences. This issue of The Research Exchange provides highlights of findings from the NCDDR 2004 Survey. Some of the topics addressed include: importance of disability research information to people with disabilities and consumer access to computers. NIDRR grantees are highlighted in the Who's In The News and NIDRR Grantee and Staff Recognition features.

Available: [On-line PDF Adobe PDF document 505 kB] PDF, Research Exchange - Volume 9 Number 1 

Volume 8, Number 3

This issue of The Research Exchange provides an overview on modifying materials for people with cognitive disabilities; interviews with Tia Nelis, a self-advocate from the RRTC on Aging with Developmental Disabilities and with Laurie Powers, a researcher and Co-Director of the Oregon Health & Science University's Center on Self-Determination; tips and examples of modifications for print and electronic dissemination; and selected resources from NIDRR grantees and others. NIDRR grantees are highlighted in the Who's In The News and NIDRR Grantee and Staff Recognition features.

Available: [On-line PDF Adobe PDF document 3.2 MB] PDF, Research Exchange - Volume 8 Number 3 

Volume 8, Number 2

The topic of quality and evidence-based research in education is presented, along with an overview of the ED-funded What Works Clearinghouse (WWC). Several NIDRR grantees agreed to review and provide comments on the WWC's draft standards, the Study DIAD and the CREAD. A listing of online resources is presented. Regular features include Who's in the News and NIDRR Grantee and Staff Recognition.

Available: [On-line PDF Adobe PDF document 1.18 MB] PDF, Research Exchange - Volume 8 Number 2 

Volume 8, Number 1

This issue of The Research Exchange highlights information about copyright regulations and practices. Responses from a nationally- known copyright expert are presented in a Q&A section, in addition to a number of online resources. Regular features include Who's in the News and NIDRR Grantee Recognition.

Available: [On-line PDF Adobe PDF document 216 k] PDF, Research Exchange - Volume 8 Number 1 

Volume 7, Number 3

This issue looks at a number of topics related to "the media" or popular press, including perceptions of NIDRR researchers and their interaction with the press, how disability is interpreted and portrayed in the news, news coverage versus publicity, and resources for working with the press. NIDRR grantees also share successful dissemination strategies, including use of the World Wide Web. Grantees are highlighted in the Who's In The News and NIDRR Grantee and Staff Recognition features.

Available: Available: [On-line PDF Adobe PDF document 732 k] Research Exchange - Volume 7 Number 3   

Volume 7, Number 2

This issue examines the topics of outreach and dissemination of disability research information to persons with disabilities living in rural and remote communities. The experiences of selected NIDRR grantees' work with rural populations are presented, as well as selected resources. NIDRR grantees are highlighted in the Who's In The News and NIDRR Grantee and Staff Recognition features.

Available: [On-line PDF Adobe PDF document 1Mb] Research Exchange - Volume 7 Number 2  

Volume 7, Number 1

This issue examines the topic of the protection of human participants in research, with special consideration for study participants who have disabilities. Brief discussions of existing regulations (including some Q&A from U.S. Department of Education (ED), standards, and the operation of institutional review boards (IRBs) are presented. The "Who's in the News" feature and recognition of NIDRR grantees and staff are also included.

Available: [On-line PDF Adobe PDF document 492 k] Research Exchange - Volume 7 Number 1

     Insert: Special Supplement: Available: [On-line PDF Adobe PDF document 344 k] Assistive technology survey results - PDF 

Volume 6, Number 3

This issue presents information on the Internet and Web accessibility, with a list of resources on Section 508. A special insert for Web designers compares the accessibility requirements of Section 508 and those of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines of the Web Accessibility Initiative, World Wide Web Consortium. Several NIDRR grantees describe their work in the area of accessibility and identify resources that may be useful for other grantees. "Who's in the News" shares grantee media mentions; special recognition of NIDRR grantees is presented.

Available: [On-line PDF Adobe PDF document 412 k] Research Exchange - Volume Volume 6 Number 3
Insert: Available: [On-line PDF Adobe PDF document 112 k] Special Supplement for Web Designers: 

Volume 6, Number 2

This issue looks at designing and conducting research, as well as the dissemination and utilization of disability research outcomes, with diverse groups. To be mindful of cultural differences in dissemination and utilization assumes that the information to be shared will have value and be useful to the members of different groups. However, the research outcomes may not be applicable if those groups are not represented in the original research sample. Several NIDRR grantees contribute information about their research and outreach strategies for a variety of audiences.

Available: [On-line PDF Adobe PDF document 412 k] Research Exchange - Volume 6 Number 2 

Volume 6, Number 1

This issue presents results from the NCDDR Survey 2000, focusing on findings related to consumers' use of the computer and the Internet, as well as differences among responses from diverse subgroups. NCDDR received responses from over 1,000 consumers, researchers, and other stakeholders to learn more about information dissemination preferences and practices. "Who's in the News" shares NIDRR grantee media mentions. Special recognition and awards to NIDRR grantees are also presented.

Available: [On-line PDF Adobe PDF document 532 k] Research Exchange - Volume 6 Number 1 

Volume 5, Number 3

This issue of The Research Exchange highlights examples from five NIDRR grantees' experiences with using marketing strategies for dissemination purposes. Some of these activities are conducted in coordination with other grantees, while others demonstrate collaboration with a variety of stakeholder groups. "Who's in the News" and special recognition and awards to NIDRR grantees and staff are also presented.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 5, Number 3

Volume 5, Number 2

This issue of The Research Exchange expands upon the overview of market research techniques described in the previous issue (Vol. 5, No. 1). Market research tools such as customer visits, focus groups, choice modeling, usability testing, and surveys are presented, and examples are shared from NIDRR grantees. "Who's in the News" and special recognition and awards to NIDRR grantees and staff are included.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 5, Number 2

Volume 5, Number 1

This first issue of The Research Exchangein the NCDDR's second cycle provides a brief review of the dissemination and utilization (D&U) process and introduces the marketing concept and social marketing in relation to D&U. Marketing can strengthen dissemination activities to make information from research outcomes available for use by an array of users with varying needs and backgrounds. A new feature, "Who's in the News, is presented, along with special recognition and awards to NIDRR grantees and staff.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 5, Number 1

Volume 4, Number 4

This is the final issue of The Research Exchange in NCDDR's pilot phase. It presents the results of a follow-up survey of NIDRR grantees, including comparisons with data from previous surveys. An update of NIDRR grantees' Web sites is presented, as well as a description of NCDDR products developed over the pilot project period.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 4, Number 4

Volume 4, Number 3

This issue presents a variety of options and resources for disseminating research results in the disability, mainstream, and professional media. Articles on disability research and the media, developing media relations, and publishing in journals are presented with NIDRR grantees in mind. Issues associated with Internet publishing are discussed for authors who may be interested in both online and journal publishing. Special recognition of NIDRR grantees is included.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 4, Number 3

Volume 4, Number 2

This issue presents Part 2 - Applying the Concepts to Research and D&U of Disability, Diversity, and Dissemination: A Review of the Literature on Topics Related to Increasing the Utilization of Rehabilitation Research Outcomes Among Diverse Consumer Groups. Part 2 focuses on the characteristics of effective systems and how to build relationships within "culturally competent" organizations. The concepts about culture and diversity that were presented in Part 1 (Vol. 4, No. 1) are related to issues in conducting research, and in dissemination and utilization (D&U). The conclusion offers organizational, research, and D&U recommendations. Recognition of NIDRR staff and grantees is presented.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 4, Number 2

Volume 4, Number 1

This issue presents Part 1 of Disability, Diversity, and Dissemination: A Review of the Literature Related to Increasing Utilization of Rehabilitation Research Outcomes among Diverse Consumer Groups. Part 1 presents a discussion of the theoretical framework describing the relationship of constructs such as race, ethnicity, culture, disability, and power. Influences within the rehabilitation system were presented, as well as descriptions of "mainstream" and "ethnic" cultures in the United States. This issue also describes the President's Initiative to improve economic opportunities for people with disabilities, and recognition of NIDRR grantees

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 4, Number 1

Volume 3, Number 4

This special issue provides a look at the employment issues currently being faced by Americans with disabilities, NIDRR's new initiative addressing employment-related issues, and the new Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers funded to improve employment outcomes for persons with disabilities. Special recognitions and awards of NIDRR grantees are included.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 3, Number 4

Volume 3, Number 3

This issue provides helpful information and resources that can guide the user in making a Web site more accessible, including an updated Annotated WWW Resource List. A new review of NIDRR grantee Web sites is presented as well as an overview of Listservs operated by grantees. Special recognition and awards to NIDRR grantees are highlighted.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 3, Number 3

Volume 3, Number 2

This issue presents the results of NCDDR's survey of stakeholder groups to learn more about how they obtain and disseminate information. Representatives of rehabilitation researchers, service providers, supporters, and policymakers/information sources participated in the survey. Special recognition and awards to NIDRR grantees are included.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 3, Number 2

Volume 3, Number 1

This issue examines common characteristics of NIDRR grantees' Web sites, and looks at trends in reporting of grantees' products. Recent special recognition and awards to NIDRR grantees and staff are presented.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 3, Number 1

Volume 2, Number 4

This issue presents data collected by the NCDDR regarding the ways in which persons with disabilities and their families prefer to receive disability research information for use. The survey process and highlights of the preliminary findings are provided. Special recognitions and awards of NIDRR grantees are also included.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 2, Number 4

Volume 2, Number 3

This issue highlights the new NIDRR program WWW doorways in development by the NCDDR. Also, this issue describes the new research topic doorways under development by the NCDDR staff. Ways in which the communication power of Web sites can be assessed and information about the new NCDDR directory of "online" NIDRR grantee recognition is also included.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 2, Number 3

Volume 2, Number 2

This issue deals with strategies and procedures that can be used to evaluate dissemination activities. Related information regarding how Web sites can be appraised is also included. Grantees receiving recognition are also highlighted.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 2, Number 2

Volume 2, Number 1

This issue addresses major elients to consider in promoting the accessibility of World Wide Web pages for people with disabilities. An annotated resource list of online accessibility oriented resources is included along with guidelines and examples of accessibility features. A brief description of NIDDR project collaboration with Special Olympics International is featured; special recognition of grantees is presented.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 2, Number 1

Volume 1, Number 4

This issue highlights some of the information that is contained in three new publications from the NCDDR focusing on dissemination and knowledge utilization theory, approaches, strategies, and effectiveness. Grantee recognition is also presented.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 1, Number 4

Volume 1, Number 3

This issue reviews some practices of NIDDR grantees. Information presented includes: dissemination patterns, grantee characteristics, and more NIDRR grantee recognition.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 1, Number 3

Volume 1, Number 2

The second issue reviews the need for using alternate formats in dissemination. Information presented concerns: availability and accessibility, dissemination policy, choosing a format, the NCDDR's World Wide Web site, and NIDRR grantee recognition.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 1, Number 2

Volume 1, Number 1

This premiere issue includes an overview of the NCDDR. Information includes: information and technical assistance resources, multiculturalism and dissemination, and introducing the NCDDR staff.

Available: [On-line HTML] Research Exchange - Volume 1, Number 1



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