What is Translation? What is a Community of Practice?

Translation is the process through which research becomes innovation by taking ideas off of the page and putting it into the hands of a community of stakeholders. Through feedback, collaboration, and co-creation the partnership of researcher and community works to bring a product into the public sphere. One of the best ways to foster this type of partnership is through the creation of a community of practice.

A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of individuals who share a common interest, concern, or goal. Each member of a CoP brings their own unique perspective and lived experience to the group. This diversity of thought produces multiple layers of insight that can not only spark creativity and creative solutions, but highlight connections that might otherwise have been overlooked.


The primary goals of this Community of Practice include:

  • Gaining a more comprehensive picture of community needs by engaging students, faculty, community members, caregivers, and disability and industry professionals knowledgeable of accessibility concerns;
  • Increasing researcher awareness of these needs earlier in the project development process by engaging with student researchers; and
  • Providing feedback on the translation, deployment, and sustainability of projects currently in development.


Members of this Community of Practice will not only gain knowledge and access to emerging technology, but have an opportunity to participate in further co-design and co-translation steps for future dissemination. Members will also be able to make new connections within the accessibility and disability communities that can further enhance the mission and impact of their organizations.

What is Involved?

Meetings of the CoP are currently planned to occur on a quarterly basis both in-person, here at the UW campus, and virtually. While there are no attendance requirements, it is hoped that you or another representative from your community or organization can be present whenever possible. We will do our best to provide meeting dates and agendas as far in advance as possible.

Join the CREATE Translation CoP

Please contact us if you are interested in participating:

Kathleen Quin Voss
Community Engagement and Partnerships Manager

(206) 543-3170