The level of resources dedicated for implementation and ongoing operations including money, training, education, physical space, and time  is positively associated with implementation , but not necessarily sufficient to guarantee success . Financial resources acts as a partial mediator between management support (see Leadership Engagement) and implementation policy and procedures . Organizations may have “slack resources” that allow people to “squeeze” time for adopting an implementation on top of what they are already doing without noticeably impacting another area. Slack resources are thought to promote absorptive capacity because of the increased ability to absorb failure . Though, in a meta-analysis of several studies slack resources was not a significant influence, perhaps because of the lack of distinction between different types of slack resources .
Include statements related to the presence or absence of the resources described above or resources specific to the innovation that is being implemented.
- “The last hospital director signed an MOU, promising a ½ FTE to be the coordinator to get this practice in but that never materialized. Even when we showed the new director the signed MOU, he didn’t do anything.” The latter statement would be double-coded with Leadership Engagement.
- “We’ve outgrown the space allotted for group visits and now we’re trying to figure out what we can do – the room we have is way too small.”
- “I took this position on top of all my other duties. My supervisor did not reduce my clinic allocations to do this so I just squeeze it in when I can.”
- “I wrote a proposal for the VISN, asking for 1 FTE for each of the sites and they approved it. We’re very excited.”
Exclude statements related to training and code to Access to Knowledge and Information.
Exclude statements related to the quality of materials and code to Design Quality & Packaging.
Maria Fernandez and colleagues developed 7 items related to Available Resources. Measures are available for review here. For permission to use, please contact Dr. Fernandez at: Maria.E.Fernandez at uth-dot-tmc-dot-edu
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