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Community readiness assessment for obesity research: pilot implementation of the Healthier Families programme

Overview of attention for article published in Health Research Policy and Systems, January 2018
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Community readiness assessment for obesity research: pilot implementation of the Healthier Families programme
Published in
Health Research Policy and Systems, January 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12961-017-0262-0
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Leah A. Teeters, William J. Heerman, David Schlundt, Dawn Harris, Shari L. Barkin


This article reports on the development of a systematic approach to assess for community readiness prior to implementation of a behavioural intervention for childhood obesity. Using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR), we developed research tools to evaluate local community centres' organisational readiness and their capacity to implement the intervention. Four community Parks and Recreation centres from different states expressed interest in piloting an approach for dissemination and implementation of an evidence-based obesity prevention program for families with young children (Healthier Families). We conducted a mixed methods pre-implementation evaluation using the CFIR to evaluate the alignment of organisational priorities with the Healthier Families programme. Written surveys assessed organisational readiness for change amongst organisational leaders, recreation programmers, and staff (N = 25). Key informant interviews were conducted among staff to assess organisational readiness and with community members to assess community readiness (N = 64). Surveys were analysed with univariate statistics. Interviews were transcribed, coded and analysed using inductive and deductive methods of analysis. Mixed-methods analysis led to the identification of three key domains on which to assess the organisational readiness to adopt a childhood obesity intervention, namely the physical infrastructure, the knowledge infrastructure, and the social infrastructure. The most critical measure of compatibility was the social infrastructure, since obstacles in the knowledge and physical infrastructures could be overcome by the strength of social resources, including the staff's ingenuity and commitment to a healthier community. This approach guided an assessment of organisational readiness prior to community organisations adopting and preparing to disseminate an obesity prevention community-based program in a wide-range of social and environmental contexts. Using a comprehensive pre-implementation assessment of the knowledge, physical and social infrastructures in a community is an essential step in effective dissemination for community-based behavioural interventions. Our research found that, when evaluating readiness and alignment, a responsive social infrastructure could provide the capacity to overcome potential barriers to implementation in either the knowledge or physical infrastructures.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 65 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 12 18%
Student > Master 8 12%
Researcher 8 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 8%
Other 12 18%
Unknown 12 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 11 17%
Social Sciences 9 14%
Medicine and Dentistry 8 12%
Psychology 5 8%
Arts and Humanities 3 5%
Other 12 18%
Unknown 17 26%

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