RTC: Rural‘s Knowledge Translation and Resource Center engages and invites multiple stakeholders to participate in research through our Rural Advisor Program. This framework is designed to create relationships and partnerships with groups of stakeholders, including rural community members with disabilities, service providers, as well as cross-disciplinary researchers, to facilitate inclusive decision-making in research, development, and knowledge translation projects. Stakeholders provide input and expertise to ensure solutions to problems explored through research address the unique needs of rural communities and the people who live there.
The Center has established the following opportunities to incorporate people with disabilities and disability stakeholders in research, development, and knowledge translation projects.
Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) members consist of eight diverse individuals who strengthen consumer involvement in Center activities by providing support, guidance and who represent and communicate the interests of rural disability stakeholders. CAB Members help promote the interaction between researchers and stakeholders by building networks and establishing relationships to facilitate inclusive decision-making and participation of consumers in our research. CAB Members may provide informed input on RTC: Rural activities, policies, and procedures, recruit Project Advisors and Consumer Informants for specific project teams, respond and provide comment on RFPs, and advocate for the RTC: Rural to increase its visibility. CAB members serve two year terms.
Consumer Informants may advise on any number of defined activities and/or topics on an as-needed basis, such as providing feedback on dissemination strategies or training materials, completing feedback surveys, and participating in beta-testing, pilot testing, etc. Informants may be recruited to serve on ad-hoc groups to complete very specific time-limited tasks. Consumer Informants may or may not be offered a stipend, depending on the project needs and task or objective at hand. Duration of participation is time-limited.
Project Advisors participate on specific research and development project teams. Their work includes assistance in defining research questions, the of review materials, providing consumer perspective on the research process, advice on the dissemination of research findings, and help developing trainings and products for use by consumers and service providers. The time commitment varies depending on the project. Project Advisors receive a stipend that is dependent on the project needs, such as duration and task or objective at hand. Duration of term is determined by the Project Director.
Technical Advisors are experts in the field of disability who closely advise the RTC: Rural on implementation of specific research and KT projects including development and review of materials, effective and promising procedures, interpretation of results, and knowledge translation. Some technical advisors will also contribute to intervention content and delivery.
If you are interested in participating in the RTC: Rural Advisor Program, contact RTC-TA@mso.umt.edu.