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Ideas for Your Plan or Activities

To assist you in generating ideas for your own plan and activity, the resources listed provide examples of activities or outcomes of NIDRR grantees related to knowledge translation.

Reports, Papers, Web sites and other Tools

Work & Recovery: Stories of Employment and Mental Health (2007)

This (31 minutes English Version Subtitles and Voiceovers) DVD filmed in Burlington, VT, introduces five people assisted by Howard Center's Westview Employment Services, an agency that uses evidence-based practice supported employment services. Their stories illustrate how important work can be to a person's recovery journey, and may be useful for many audiences. They offer hope and encouragement about people returning to work in the community. Funding for this film was provided by the Center for Global Partnership of The Japan Foundation as part of a knowledge exchange grant. Expertise for the film's production was gained in part through research with the RRTC on Employment of People with a Mental Illness funded by NIDRR between 1994 and 2001. The DVD can be purchased for $22 through the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. See

Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature (Fixsen, Naoom, Blase, Friedman, & Wallace, 2005).

This publication was produced by the National Implementation Research Network at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida with financial support from the William T. Grant Foundation. The authors' intent is to describe the current state of the science of implementation, and identify what it will take to transmit innovative programs and practices to mental health, social services, juvenile justice, education, early childhood education, employment services, and substance abuse prevention and treatment. This monograph summarizes findings from the review of the research literature on implementation and proposes frameworks for understanding effective implementation processes that may be of interest to anyone implementing a research-based utilization activity.

Peer-Reviewed Journals or Books

Developing a Social Validation Model for Effective Utilization of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (Sudsawad, 2003).

The aims of this project were to investigate 1) whether the concepts of social validity, ecological validity, and clinical significance had been incorporated into outcome studies of Occupational Therapy(OT), Physical Therapy (PT), and Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) interventions for children with disabilities; 2) whether incorporation of these concepts was perceived to be useful by OT, PT, and SLP practitioners who worked with children with disabilities in school settings; and 3) whether incorporation of these concepts was perceived to have a potential for a positive impact on research utilization among those practitioners. The aims of this project were met by 1) a systematic literature review of published outcome studies of the OT, PT, and SLP interventions for children with disabilities over the past 10 years (1992-2001), 2) a focus group study of OT, PT, and SLP practitioners who worked with children with disabilities in school settings, and 3) a national mail survey study of OT, PT, and SLP practitioners who served children with disabilities in school settings.

Based on this project, the author published the subsequent article as seen in the following: Sudsawad, P. (2005). Concepts in Clinical Scholarship—A conceptual framework to increase usability of outcome research for evidence-based practice. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59, 351-355.

Handbook of Applied Disability and Rehabilitation Research, (Hagglund & Heinemann, 2006)

This book focuses exclusively on rehabilitation psychology research. It discusses issues related to applying research to practice, offering recommendations to researchers, policymakers, and clinician from a variety of perspectives within rehabilitation psychology research and practice.

The Consumer's Perspective and the Professional Literature: What Do Persons with Spinal Cord Injury Want? (Estores, 2003).

The author reviewed articles related to the interests and concerns of persons with SCI, using the National Library of Medicine resource. This literature review, published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, indicates a congruence of the interests of both patients and researchers. NIDRR-funded researchers authored many of the articles in the review.

SEDL Archives

Technical Brief Number 7: Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers and Employment Outcomes Research

Research on issues related to the employment of people with disabilities is a major priority of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The NCDDR invited Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs) with an employment focus to describe several of their most important research findings. In this second "Employment Outcomes" issue of FOCUS, research overviews are presented from Cornell University's RRTC for Economic Research on Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities, the RRTC on Drugs and Disability (Wright State University School of Medicine), the RRTC on Community Rehabilitation Programs to Improve Employment Outcomes (University of Wisconsin–Stout), the RRTC on Blindness and Low Vision (Mississippi State University) and the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports (University of Hawaii at Manoa). (October 2003)

Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers: Highlights of Accomplishments

This publication, developed by the NCDDR in collaboration with the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (NARRTC), highlights selected achievements of NIDRR's Research Rehabilitation and Training Centers (RRTCs) program that demonstrate the variety of ways RRTC program activities have made a difference in meeting the real–world needs of persons with disabilities. (March 2003)

An Easy Guide to Outpatient Burn Rehabilitation: Burn Rehabilitation NIDRR Research Results

The video and manual set was developed by the Rocky Mountain Model System for Burn Injury Rehabilitation project to help therapists work with burn survivors on an outpatient basis. The NCDDR has prepared the text and some sample clips of the video as a demonstration of NIDRR grantee's research results that are available for further dissemination.

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