Willing, Able -> Ready: Basics and Policy Implications of Readiness as a Key Component for Scaling up Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions. What Is the General Capacity of the Organization That Will Implement the Intervention?


General organizational capacities are related to maintaining a functioning organization (e.g., sufficient staffing, effective organizational leadership) and connecting with other organizations and the community. This includes the context, culture, current infrastructure, and organizational processes of the organization where the EBI will be implemented. General capacities are associated with the ability to implement any intervention (Flaspohler, Duffy, Wandersman, Stillman, & Maras, 2008) and include human, fiscal, technical, and evaluative categories. Table 2 presents a list of general capacities.

Table 2. Subcomponents of General Capacities

Subcomponents of General Capacities Definition of Subcomponent
Culture Expectations about how things are done in an organization; how it functions.
Climate How employees collectively perceive, appraise, and feel about their current working environment.
Organizational Innovativeness General receptiveness toward change; i.e., an organizational learning environment.
Resource Utilization How discretionary/uncommitted resources are devoted to interventions.
Leadership Whether power authorities articulate and support organizational activities.
Structure Processes that influence how well an organization functions on a day-to-day basis.
Staff Capacity General skills, education, and expertise that staff possess.

Source: Scaccia et al. (2014)

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