DQ: Compare two organizational readiness tools

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DQ: Compare two organizational readiness tools

The two organizational readiness tool that I had chosen are The Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (PACIC) and the Organization Readiness Change Assessment (ORCA).  The organization’s readiness assessment for change is a crucial factor in the implementation phase of any given public health intervention (“Selecting A Tool”, n.d.). These tools can assist in evidenced-based practice (EBP) interventions. The Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care Questionnaire also known as PACIC is a tool that is used to make an evaluation of the perspective of the patient with regards to the receipt of patient care delivery in the 5 domains namely: activation, delivery system, goal setting, problem solving, and follow-up (Gensichen et al., 2011). PACIC tool can be used for conditions that incurable and illnesses that lasts for a prolonged period time. On the other hand, the ORCA tool has 4 main purposes: learning about the degree of motivation, assessment of organizational abilities, improvement of organizational capacities, and empowerment of organizations (Dearing, 2018).

The most appropriate tool for assessing my organization is the ORCA tool because it can help with identifying and monitoring of organizational strengths and weakness or an organization (“Organizational Readiness”, 2017).By using this tool in clinical settings which it was originally intended for, can help with providing support and success of EBP.


Dearing, J. (2018). Organizational readiness tools for global health intervention: A review. Frontiers In Public Health.

Gensichen J, Serras A, Paulitsch MA, Rosemann T, König J, Gerlach FM, Petersen JJ. (2011).The Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care questionnaire: Evaluation in patients with mental disorders in primary care. Community Ment Health J, 47(4):447-53. doi: 10.1007/s10597-010-9340-2.


“Organizational Readiness”. (2017). National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools.


“Selecting A Tool”.(n.d.). National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools.

Organizational readiness assessments allow for change leaders and champions to assess key areas of organization structure, stability

DQ Compare two organizational readiness tools
DQ Compare two organizational readiness tools

and culture in order to make an informed decision as to whether or not a change or improvement initiative is going to be successful, and the right intervention at the right time (HRSA, 2021). Upon comparison of two different examples of organizational readiness assessments designed for healthcare, there are certainly similarities but also differences that must be considered when selecting one that is right for a particular organization and initiative.

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has an evidence-based safety and teamwork communication program by the name of TeamSTEPPS. This evidence-based program has been around for 20 years, and is now an evidence-based intervention effective at improving perceptions of teamwork, communication and trust, as well as sound data supporting improved patient safety metrics in an organization (AHRQ, 2021). With this, a readiness assessment is highlighted as a key part of the process to ensure an organization is ready for TeamSTEPPS implementation. Utilizing the AHRQ TeamSTEPPS Readiness Assessment, areas of defined need, readiness for change in culture, time/resources/personnel, and sustainment of the change are assessed in a checklist format that is easy-to-use for any individual assessing whether or not this intervention is right for one’s organization (AHRQ, 2021).

Comparatively, the Maryland Healthcare Commission (2019) provides a tool for healthcare organizations interested in implementing a standardized telehealth program with aim to improve the safety, quality, fiscal stewardship and patient experience side of healthcare. The readiness assessment provided- includes core readiness, financial considerations, operations, staff engagement and patient readiness. Maryland Healthcare Commission highlights a toolkit they’ve created to guide the assessment of successful improvement of one’s healthcare system telehealth practices.

Upon comparison of these two organizational readiness assessments, I believe that both highlight similar high-level aims, such as resources, leadership support and current human culture and openness to change. However, due to the current state of my place of employment, the TeamSTEPPS organizational readiness assessment appears to be targeted toward our highlighted goals of patient safety and teamwork/communication among staff. With these key areas highlighted in the assessment, and a pre-survey attached to the AHRQ readiness assessment to gauge with sound validity and reliability the perceptions of the caregivers, I believe this would be best suited for my current organization.



US Department of Health and Human Services (2021). Readiness assessment & developing project aims. Https://

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2021). Readiness assessment.

Maryland Healthcare Commission (2019). Telehealth readiness assessment toolkit.

There are many challenges in improving the health of populations and one of the biggest challenges has to do with the delivery and utilization of the interventions that are being proposed (Dearing, 2018). When it comes to the delivery of the interventions, it incorporates more than one factor. The factors that are considered in the delivery of the interventions include communication, training, leadership, coordination, and management (Dearing, 2018). When it comes to change, organizational readiness needs to be assessed. Two tools that can be used to assess organizational readiness includes the Organizational Readiness to Change Assessment (ORCA) tool and the Organizational Readiness for Implementing Change (ORIC). As my organization is a Magnet facility and already supports and implements evidence-based practices, I chose the ORIC tool to discuss. The ORIC tool is the most appropriate for assessing my organizations readiness as this tool focuses on the readiness of the organizational members for implementing change. Being a Magnet facility, my organization has proven that they support nursing excellence and to determine if the team members are ready for change implementation, the ORIC tool would be ideal to evaluate this. When the organization’s readiness is high, the members are more likely to initiate and put forth greater effort for implementing change and on the flip side when the organization’s readiness is low, the team members are more than likely to view change as undesirable and may resist change (Shea et al., 2014). With my proposed evidence-based change, it does involve a fully engaged team which is even more of a reason to use the ORIC tool to help determine the team’s readiness for change and hopefully lead to a successful change implementation.

Organizational readiness tools are essential in formulating and implementing change management to ensure effectiveness in service delivery. The global public health strategies depend on these readiness tools because they assess the organizational capacity to conduct certain involvements and provide motivation to employees (Chavarkar et al., 2021)

A tool that assesses capacity and a tool that measures management and organizational stability are both examples of tools that measure organizational readiness. To measure a company’s overall capacity, a capacity assessment tool is essential and mainly examines areas such as governance, financial management, human resources, and program management (Miake-Lye et al., 2020).


The management and organizational stability tool (MOST) promotes the mapping of an organization’s progress and own management performance. As a result, a capacity assessment tool is the most appropriate organizational readiness tool since it examines the capabilities of multiple departments and focuses on the organization as a whole. This is unlike the management and organizational stability tool that only focuses on the executive wing of an organization.

The Capacity assessment tool is the most appropriate for my organization because each department will be examined to determine their response level to any sudden or planned change of business plan. For example, before a patient is admitted, there are a lot of considerations and deliberartion to determine if the facility is suitable for such patient. Patient problems will be analyzed and available resources within the facility will be determine if it can meet patient’s needs.



Chavarkar, M. G., Hultgren, M., & Lommel, L. (2021). Revising an Organizational Readiness Tool for Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects. Nurse Educator46(3), 170-173.

Miake-Lye, I. M., Delevan, D. M., Ganz, D. A., Mittman, B. S., & Finley, E. P. (2020). Unpacking organizational readiness for change: an updated systematic review and content analysis of assessments. BMC health services research20(1), 1-13.