National Center for the
Dissemination of Disability Research

Webcast 31
Three States of Knowledge and
Their Implications for Innovation Policies

March 2, 2011 (3-4 PM EST, 2-3 PM CST)

About the Webcast

Technology-based knowledge advances through multiple states akin to the three traditional states of matter: gas, liquid and solid. Three different methods yield these three different states: research creates conceptual discoveries, development generates tangible inventions, and production yields market innovations. Public policies oriented toward the creation of new conceptual discoveries in the physical and biomedical sciences, rely on the passive processes of diffusion and serendipity to yield innovations.

In contrast, government programs oriented toward the application of technologies rely the active processes of knowledge translation, technology transfer and product launch to yield innovations. Agencies traditionally oriented toward knowledge creation, but now tasked with supporting market innovations, must reorient their programs and policies accordingly. This session applies logic modeling in the context of the Need to Knowledge Model, to describe the deliberate and systematic approach appropriate for demonstrating results of economic consequence and societal impact.

About the Presenter

Joseph P. Lane, MBPA, is Director of the Center for Assistive Technology, established at the University at Buffalo in 1988. He is Principal Investigator of the NIDRR-funded Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT). Mr. Lane directed NIDRR’s Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Transfer (T2RERC) from 1993-2008. One of his recent publications (providing a foundation for the webcast) is "Translating three states of knowledge—discovery, invention, and innovation" (Lane & Flagg, 2010). Implementation Science, 5(9).

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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 presenters and no endorsement by the funding agency should be inferred.

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