An agency capacity model to facilitate implementation of evidence-based behavioral interventions by community-based organizations.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, USA.
Journal of public health management and practice: JPHMP (Impact Factor: 1.47). 02/2007; Suppl:S16-23. DOI: 10.1097/00124784-200701001-00005
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) implemented the Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions Project to disseminate evidence-based behavioral interventions to community-based HIV prevention providers. Through development of intervention-specific technical assistance guides and provision of face-to-face, telephone, and e-mail technical assistance, a range of capacity-building issues were identified. These issues were linked to a proposed agency capacity model for implementing an evidence-based intervention. The model has six domains: organizational environment, governance, and programmatic infrastructure; workforce and professional development; resources and support; motivational forces and readiness; learning from experience; and adjusting to the external environment. We think this model could be used to implement evidence-based interventions by facilitating the selection of best-prepared agencies and by identifying critical areas of capacity building. The model will help us establish a framework for informing future program announcements and predecisional site visit assessments, and in developing an instrument for assessing agency capacity to implement evidence-based interventions.