Knowledge Translation from Disability Studies to Policy Makers: Literature Review and Expert Consultation
Disability policy is currently receiving more attention than it has in the past 35 years. How have disability studies researchers participated in these processes, providing the results of their research to ensure the best possible evidence-based policy? This paper reviews the literature on barriers to knowledge translation from disability studies researchers to policy-makers, as well as the incorporating the recommendations of a high-level expert panel of experienced policy makers in disability portfolios. The principal barriers identified are: awareness of the policy process, awareness of government’s agenda, timing of information, format of the message, and commitment to the relationship. The panel offers five recommendations to address these barriers.