Abraham Wandersman: Professor in psychology at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, Department of Psychology. With more than 40 years of research, Dr. Wandersman has a long list of publications on themes linked to environmental psychology and how humans behave in different environments, successful implementation in different organizational environments, evaluation
for implementation processes and resource/system support. Using his knowledge in environmental psychology, he has specialized in the areas of citizen participation in community development and mental health; program evaluation and accountability; prevention and health promotion; assessing and evaluating environments; person- situation interaction; sense of community and neighboring; prevention and the physical environment; community and individual dynamics in coping with toxic contaminants. Part of Dr. Wandersman ´s research focuses on how an organization, when implementing a new policy or program, can improve its readiness for the innovation.
10.15 Organizational readiness as capacity building
Organizational readiness to implement a program, policy or practice that is new to a setting (an innovation), can influence success or failure. In his presentation, Dr. Wandersman will discuss the framework of organizational readiness. The framework is known as R=MC2 and propose that organizational readiness involves (a) the motivation to implement an innovation, (b) the general
capacities of an organization, and (c) the innovation-specific capacities needed for a particular innovation. In the discussion Dr. Wandersman will describe: a) how we measure organizational
readiness (several tools) b) how readiness is dynamic — we measure it over time and find that readiness can go down (as well as up), and c) explorations of how to build organizational readiness.
Dr. Wandersman will further describe where readiness fits in the planning, implementation and evaluation life cycle of an initiative. Finally Dr. Wandersman will describe how the provision of
support to local programs via tools, training, technical assistance and quality assurance/quality improvement, can work with strengths and barriers to organizational readiness. In his presentation
Dr. Wandersman will draw on examples from projects, where the R=MC2 framework has been used. For example projects of housing homeless people and projects of health care centers that work with underserved (i.e. poor) populations to explore their readiness to integrate behavioral health and primary health care.