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.


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.

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Using the Tool

Time for Participation/Completion

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Additional Resources and/or Skills Needed for Implementation


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.

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Evaluation of the Tool


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Methodological Rating

Unknown/No evidence

Development of the Tool


Melanie A. Barwick

Method of Development

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Contact Person/Source

Melanie A. Barwick
The Hopsital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 1X8
Phone: (416) 813-1085

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