National Center for the
Dissemination of Disability Research

Service Area Overviews

Communities of Practice

The National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR) is working with grantees of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to encourage researchers to expand their common understanding and to jointly address issues related to research quality, standards, and guidelines. To achieve this, the NCDDR is modeling the use of Communities of Practice (CoPs) as a knowledge translation (KT) strategy.

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Knowledge Translation Task Forces

The NCDDR has established three task forces to assist the project in analyzing, understanding, and commenting on features of the evidence production process within the disability and rehabilitation research context. Each task force is comprised of senior researchers with current or recent experience in conducting NIDRR-sponsored research activities. Each task force is charged with developing positions that are relevant in light of current circumstances. More information about individuals serving on each of these task forces and their efforts to date is provided.

Online Information Resources

In an effort to encourage and expand the development and use of quality disability research, the NCDDR provides access to relevant online resources.

Professional Development

The NCDDR continues to offer many activities, formats, and resources that are aimed at professional development. Categories available for your use include the following: presentations, workshops, webcasts, and online courses.

Reporting of Research

NCDDR services include an online Directory of Journals and Author Guidelines to facilitate the reporting of disability and rehabilitation research. It provides users with access to information on over 200 journals in the disability and rehabilitation field.

Specialized Technical Assistance

The NCDDR offers specialized information about knowledge translation (KT), peer consultation, and technical assistance (TA) services for current NIDRR grantees at no charge. These services are designed to respond to NIDRR grantees' need for general or specific information about KT and its relation to high quality research.

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NCDDR is funded by the
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
Project Number: H133A060028
U.S. Department of Education