ADVANCING RESEARCH, IMPROVING EDUCATION

National Center for the
Dissemination of Disability Research

Webcast 32
Knowledge Translation in Augmentative
and Alternative Communication:
A Randomized Controlled Study

September 22, 2011 (3-4 PM EDT, 2-3 PM CDT)

About the Webcast

Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT) responds to a concern about obtaining beneficial social impact from technology-based research and development projects that are sponsored through public funding. Will specific strategies of communicating new knowledge to potential users increase knowledge use by, and benefits to, intended recipients? Can knowledge producers successfully document changes in levels of knowledge use as evidence of project outcomes?

This one-hour webcast will present methods and results of a randomized controlled study that evaluated a KT strategy designed to communicate effectively new knowledge generated in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) technology. Tailored and targeted dissemination of knowledge (TTDK) to potential users was the essence of the end-of-grant intervention that was applied to a pre-identified AAC research project output. Effects of TTDK on knowledge use were compared with a targeted dissemination of knowledge (TDK) method as well as to a control group, as measured through the Level of Knowledge Use Survey (LOKUS).

Results imply that research grantees (knowledge producers) can effectively increase research use by strategically targeting user audiences for disseminating knowledge. The additional effort of tailoring the new knowledge to specific user contexts, however, may not further increase research use. That is, researchers can raise the level of awareness or interest about findings among potential users, but it is the users who decide about actually putting the findings into practice. Conclusions are tentative and replication studies currently underway at the KT4TT Center in other technology areas are expected to provide further clarifications.

About the Presenter

Vathsala I. Stone, PhD, specializes in evaluation research methods, with over 35 years of consultative experience on national and international projects. She is a co-principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation on Technology Transfer (KT4TT), and formerly directed the research and evaluation efforts of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Transfer (T2RERC) including its outcome and impact evaluations. She is the lead investigator of the RCT research project on KT interventions, a role she shares with Dr. Machiko Tomita, a University at Buffalo faculty member and research methodologist specializing in health behavior interventions.


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This webcast is supported through SEDL's National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR) and the Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT), funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), part of the U.S. Department of Education. The opinions and views expressed are those of the presenter and no endorsement by the funding agency should be inferred.



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