Policy Readiness Tool: Understanding a Municipality’s Readiness for Policy Change and Strategies for Taking Action

Nykiforuk, C. J., Atkey, K. M., Nieuwendyk, L. M., Raine, K. D., Reed, S. & Kyle, K. (2015). Policy readiness tool: Understanding a municipality's readiness for policy change and strategies for taking action. Retrieved from Policy Readiness Tool website: https://policyreadinesstool.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/PolicyReadinessTool-English-Final.pdf

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This tool supports policy change and identifies strategies to support municipalities and organizations in policy initiatives specific to their level of readiness.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The tool is structured as a questionnaire. Municipalities and organizations are classified as one of the following in terms of readiness for policy change:

  1. Innovator
  2. Majority
  3. Late adopter

For each level of readiness, key strategies and resources are identified to support policy change.

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