Willing, Able -> Ready: Basics and Policy Implications of Readiness as a Key Component for Scaling up Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions. What Are the Capacities Needed To Put a Particular Intervention in Place?


Intervention-specific capacities are the human, technical, and fiscal conditions important for successfully implementing a particular intervention with quality (Flaspohler et al., 2008; Scaccia et al., 2014)4 . Although table 3 presents global constructs associated with intervention-specific capacity, each new program, practice, or policy has its own set of knowledge and skills required to implement it with quality.

Table 3. Subcomponents of Intervention-Specific Capacity

Subcomponents of Intervention-Specific Capacity Definition of Subcomponent
Intervention-Specific Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for an intervention, such as an understanding of the EBI’s theory of change or skills being taught in curricula.
Program Champion Key stakeholder(s) who support an intervention through connections, knowledge, expertise, and social influence.
Specific Implementation Climate Supports Extent to which the intervention is supported; presence of strong, convincing, informed, and demonstrable management support.
Interorganizational Relationships

Relationships between (a) providers and the training and technical assistance (TTA) support system and (b) between different provider organizations that are used to facilitate implementation.

Source: Scaccia et al. (2014)


4 In Scaccia et al. (2014), this is referred to as “innovation-specific capacity.” We use the term “intervention-specific capacity” synonymously throughout this brief.

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