Readiness to change measure

Readiness to change is the degree to which members (of a community or an organisation) view a problem as important and are prepared to take action to address the problem. Part of this readiness relates to whether the community wants to address a particular health issue. A researcher may see that diabetes is a key issue for a community, but the community feels that drugs are the main issue to address right now. The other part of readiness is whether the members are prepared to take a particular action.


Recommendations

  1. Assess the members’ rating of the importance of a health issues. This can be done by examining key health statistics or other existing data or surveying the community.

  2. Assess the member’ rating of reading for implementing a change (see scale below)

  3. After gather these data, have a conversation among the team, and other stakeholders to determine whether this is a viable project idea. Consider the following questions:

  • a. How important is this issue for the community?

  • b. Are the community members and researchers equally interested in this issue? Or is it the researchers primarily pushing the idea?

  • c. Are the community members and/or community organisations committed to implementing change?

  • d. What resources do we have available to create and implement change?


Readiness for Implementing Change Scale (using a five-point scale from 5 = completely to 1 = not at all)

1.         We are committed to implementing this change.

2.         We are determined to implement this change.

3.         We are motivated to implement this change.

Source:

Shea, C. M., Jacobs, S. R., Esserman, D. A., Bruce, K., & Weiner, B. J. (2014). Organizational readiness for implementing change: a psychometric assessment of a new measure. Implement Sci, 9(7), 1-15.

Engage for Equity, Center for Participatory Research, University of New Mexico: https://cpr.unm.edu/research-projects/cbpr-project/index.html

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