Organizational readiness for stage-based dynamics of innovation implementation

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Authors: D. D. Simpson

Publication Year: 2009


Journal: Research on Social Work Practice

Volume: 19

Issue: 5

Categories: Innovation


Implementing innovations in social and health-related service programs is a dynamic stage-based process. This article discusses training, adoption, implementation, and practice as sequential elements of a conceptual framework for effective preparation and implementation of evidence-based innovations. However, systems need to be prepared for change in terms of organizational readiness and functioning as well as their service delivery infrastructure. Emphasis is given to practical methods for advancing innovation implementation through collection and applications of better information about staff perceptions of need, organizational climate and resources, leadership commitments to change, and barriers likely to be faced. Measurement tools for these constructs, along with evidence of their applications in field studies, are presented.