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Organisational functioning and technology transfer

One of the most important, yet often overlooked aspects of introducing new drug treatment interventions into drug treatment services is the service’s ability to accommodate these interventions. This often determines how successful the intervention will be.

The idea of transferring “evidence-based” techniques into practice is one that is of particular interest at the Institute of Behavioural Research at Texas Christian University. They have a vast number of resources, particularly around Organizational Readiness for Change, that are extremely useful to any treatment service wishing to go through a transition process. The Institute has also developed a number of tools, which can be accessed free of charge.

One of these tools is the Organizational Readiness for Change (ORC) survey, which is an instrument (with supporting materials) that drug treatment services can “use to assess organizational traits that can facilitate or hinder efforts at transition.”

There are two versions:

The institute has also developed a Survey of Organizational Functioning, with a scoring guide. This survey includes the ORC, plus additional scales that measure job attitudes and workplace practices.



Below are a number of resources that can be used when introducing new drug treatment interventions into drug treatment services. They have been divided into three categories:

  • Managing change
  • Implementation – putting research into practice
  • Evaluation of interventions

The resources are followed by competences for managers that are designed to help improve the service that they provide. These are divided into six categories:

  • Planning
  • Implementing
  • Delivering
  • Evaluating
  • Managing
  • Promoting


Introducing new drug treatment interventions

 Managing change

 Implementation – putting research into practice

 Evaluating interventions