Pre-implementation Organizational Readiness Assessment Tool

A summary of

Barwick, M. (2011). Checklist to Assess Organizational Readiness (CARI) for EIP Implementation. Toronto, ON: Hospital for Sick Children Toronto.

How to cite this NCCMT summary:

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (2014). Pre-implementation Organizational Readiness Assessment Tool. Hamilton, ON: McMaster University. (Updated 22 June, 2017) Retrieved from http://www.nccmt.ca/resources/search/215.

Categories: Tool, Implement, KT evaluation, KT plan, Organizational capacity and management, Situational assessment

These summaries are written by the NCCMT to condense and to provide an overview of the resources listed in the Registry of Methods and Tools and to give suggestions for their use in a public health context. For more information on individual methods and tools included in the review, please consult the authors/developers of the original resources.

Relevance for Public Health

This tool was developed for behavioural health service provider organizations. Behavioural health perspectives have been readily applied and integrated into health promotion and disease prevention strategies. As such, this tool is transferable to the public health context. One way that this tool can be used is to support efforts to implement best practice guidelines in public health organizations.

Description

The Checklist to Assess Organizational Readiness (CARI) is a tool for individuals who are involved in designing and leading an organization-wide change strategy. The purpose of the tool is to determine an organization’s level of readiness to implement evidence-informed practice (EIP).

Austin and Classen (2008) identified four organizational factors (organizational capacity, organizational culture/climate, staff capacity and implementation plan) from research and practice findings deemed to be important determinants for implementation success. This CARI tool builds upon previous work conducted by Austin and Classen and introduces an additional four factors (system level capacity, functional considerations, senior leadership and training) that researchers and implementers in outcome measurement have identified as important considerations for implementing evidence-informed practice.

This tool is intended to be administered prior to implementation so that provisions can be made to improve implementation success based on the results of the assessment. As such, this tool draws upon the implementation team's organizational awarness.

Another relevant tool used to examine organizational strengths and gaps in applying and incorporating research is the Is Research Working for You? tool.

Implementing the Method/Tool
Steps for Using Method/Tool

Members of the organization's implementation team complete the tool individually. Individuals rate their organization's readiness on a scale of 1 to 4 (1 = "not even close", 4 = "we're there") for each item. Facilitators then review the individual ratings with the implementation team and assign a separate overall consensus rating for each item to capture the group's perspective.

The consensus ratings for the questionnaire items are summed for each of the eight organizational categories (A = system capacity to H = training). The total for each score for each organizational factor is then graphed on a spider graph by putting an 'x' on the appropriate spot along the number line for each section (A to H). The points are linked around the entire graph, connecting the dots.

Once complete, the spider plot graphically highlights the organizational factors that are most similiar in terms of perceived level of organizational readiness. It may also be used to identify relative positive or negative outliers so that you can quickly identify organizational strengths and areas that require work within your organization to improve the likelihood of implementation success.

Who is involved

Facilitators are involved in reviewing and completing a consensus version of the group's response. The implementation team is required to respond to the tool.

Conditions for Use
Not specified
Evaluation and Measurement Characteristics
Evaluation
Has not been evaluated
Validity
Validity not tested
Reliability
Reliability not tested
Methodological Rating
Unknown/No evidence
Method/Tool Development
Developer(s)

Melanie A. Barwick

Method of Development
Release Date
2011
Contact Person/Source

Melanie A. Barwick

The Hopsital for Sick Children

555 University AvenueToronto, ON M5G 1X8

Tel: 416-813-1085416-813-1085

Email: melanie.barwick@sickkids.ca

Resources

Title of Primary Resource
Checklist to Assess Organizational Readiness (CARI) for EIP Implementation
File Attachment
None
Web-link
Reference
Barwick, M. (2011). Checklist to Assess Organizational Readiness (CARI) for EIP Implementation. Toronto, ON: Hospital for Sick Children Toronto.
Type of Material
Template
Format
On-line Access
Cost to Access
None.
Language
English
Conditions for Use
Copyright © 2011 Barwick, Melanie, Hospital for Sick Children Toronto

Title of Supplementary Resource
Implementing Evidence-based Practice in Human Service Organizations
File Attachment
None
Web-link
Reference
Austin, M.J. & Claasen, J. (2008). Implementing evidence-based practice in human service organizations. Journal of Evidence-based Social Work, 5(1), 271-293.
Type of Material
Journal article
Format
Periodical
Cost to Access
Language
English
Conditions for Use
© 2008 by The Haworth Press

Title of Supplementary Resource
Is research working for you? A self-assessment tool and discussion guide for health services management and policy organizations
File Attachment
None
Web-link
Reference
Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. (2005). Is research working for you? A self-assessment tool and discussion guide for health services management and policy organizations. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.
Type of Material
Instruction manual
Format
On-line Access
Cost to Access
None.
Language
English, French
Conditions for Use
Not specified

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