Progress in research on early identification and intervention has the potential to improve quality of life for those affected by autism. Despite commitment to this goal from researchers, funders, and the public, evidence-based models, tools, and practices developed for autism often have limited applicability to diverse community settings.  Our approach is to initiate dialogue in the research community with the goal of identifying knowledge gaps, facilitators, barriers, and action priorities for knowledge translation in the area of early identification and intervention. Our International Society for Autism Research Global Special Interest Group (SIG) currently interlinks 177 INSAR members from 21 countries. We respond to questions and debates proposed by our members, seeking to identify and prioritize relevant evidence and to tailor this evidence for use by community practitioners, advocates, and policy makers. In doing so, our goal is to enhance research impact in diverse communities.