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Front. Public Health | doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00056


  • 1Department of Communication, Michigan State University, United States

The ability of nongovernmental organizations, government agencies and corporations to deliver and support the availability and use of interventions for improved global public health depends on their readiness to do so. Yet readiness has proven to be a rather fluid concept in global public health, perhaps due to its multidimensional nature and because scholars and practitioners have applied the concept at different levels such as the individual, organization, and community. This review concerns 30 publically available tools created for the purpose of organizational readiness assessment in order to carry out global public health objectives. Results suggest that these tools assess organizational capacity in the absence of measuring organizational motivation, thus overlooking a key aspect of organizational readiness. Moreover, the tools reviewed are mostly untested by their developers to establish whether the tools do, in fact, measure capacity. These results suggest opportunities for implementation science researchers.

Keywords: Organizational capacity assessment, global public health, organizational readiness, implementation science, Scale up

Received: 26 Nov 2017; Accepted: 14 Feb 2018.

Edited by:

Ross Brownson, Washington University in St. Louis, United States

Reviewed by:

Shoba Ramanadhan, Dana–Farber Cancer Institute, United States
Laura K. Murray, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins, United States  

Copyright: © 2018 Dearing. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. James W. Dearing, Michigan State University, Department of Communication, Room 473, CAS Building, 404 Wilson Road, 404 Wilson Road, room 473, Com Arts Building, East Lansing, 48824-1212, Michigan, United States,