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Agency DirectorsATTC model of technology transfer

With treatment outcomes being tied more and more closely with funding, agency directors must be integrally involved in integrating EBPs into routine practice at their agencies. Agency Directors can facilitate the process by taking certain actions during the various phases represented in the ATTC model as follows:

Development

  • Identify program/client needs for improvement within the organization.
  • Engage in communication with researchers to share identified research needs.
  • Stay abreast of current research, particularly at leadership levels.
  • Participate in clinical trials.

Dissemination

  • Use a variety of media to disseminate information to staff.
  • Promote evidence-based thinking and an organizational culture that values research.
  • Increase knowledge of effective implementation strategies.
  • Engage in communication with local ATTC Regional Centers.
  • Support workforce development efforts.
  • Support staff to attend trainings, conferences, and summer institutes.

Adoption

  • Examine the "fit" of a particular intervention to the organization in the areas of: relevance, timeliness, clarity, credibility, replicability and acceptability.
  • Display strong leadership to promote clarity of purpose, express the importance of proposed changes, garner support, and inspire confidence in staff to make changes/use new practices.
  • Identify natural "change leaders" among staff who can facilitate the adoption the new practice.
  • Use organizational readiness assessments, and other assessments (formative and summative) that assess the organization's readiness to adopt.
  • Implement a collaborative planning model that involves staff from all levels of the organization.
  • Remove any organizational barriers (ie. climate and institutional resources) or issues that foster resistance to adopt new practices.
  • Identify similar organizations that have implemented the same type(s) of change(s), including partnering opportunities.

Implementation

  • Provide training and skill development opportunities for clinicians and supervisors to increase/sustain competency in the practice.
  • Require frequent interpersonal contact and monitoring, such as supervision or mentoring.
  • Support clinical supervision to enhance fidelity to the EBP.
  • Provide incentives for use of new practice(s).
  • Keep lines of communication open between leadership and staff.
  • Encourage questions and problem-solving.
  • Ensure the availability of funding streams, human resource strategies, as well as create referral mechanisms, reporting frameworks, and outcome expectations.
  • Develop and support policies that facilitate implementation of new practices.
  • Allocate resources to support implementation.
  • Continuously evaluate client outcomes to improve quality and effectiveness, and assess costs and benefits.
  • Celebrate small victories or steps in implementation.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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