National Center for the
Dissemination of Disability Research

Webcast 16
Knowledge Translation Initiative for DBTACs

March 5, 2009, 2:00 PM (CST)

About the Webcast

This webcast is designed to introduce Knowledge Translation (KT) within the context of the services and activities of the national network of Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs), funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). What are the concepts, principles, processes, and models of KT that relate to the information and referral, training and technical assistance, dissemination and utilization, and research activities of the 10 DBTAC projects?

Knowledge translation is a term that is closely related to dissemination or diffusion; however, most scholars draw an important distinction—KT is a much broader concept and places a significant emphasis on the issue of research quality and the implementation of research evidence within a system. KT is an appropriate process and strategy to address and reduce the gap between "what is known" and "what is currently done" in practice settings (Focus Technical Brief #14, NCDDR, 2006).

About the Presenters

John D. Westbrook, PhD, is Program Manager of SEDL's Disability Research to Practice (DRP) Program and serves as Director of the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR). He has been at SEDL for over 25 years where he has worked to develop a comprehensive process for assuring the translation and utilization of information within disability-oriented organizations.

Michelle Gagnon, MBA, is Director of the Knowledge Synthesis and Exchange (KSE) Branch at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The branch is responsible for strategic programs and policies to advance knowledge translation, including commercialization. Since joining CIHR in 2001, Michelle spent several years working with the CIHR's Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, and Institute of Population and Public Health as the Assistant Director of Partnerships and Knowledge Translation. Michelle holds undergraduate degrees in General Arts and Nursing and a Masters of Business Administration. She is currently completing a PhD in the University of Ottawa’s interdisciplinary Population Health PhD Program.
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This webcast is supported through the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR) and the DBTAC Coordination, Outreach and Research Center (CORC), which are funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the U.S. Department of Education, and is supported in part by ILRU. The opinions and views expressed are those of the presenters and no endorsement by the funding agency should be inferred.

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