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NCJ Number: 52051 Find in a Library
Title: FACILITATING THE UTILIZATION OF EVALUATION...A ROCKY ROAD (FROM EVALUATING COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICE, 1977, BY ISABEL DAVIDOFF ET AL SEE NCJ-52043)
Author(s): S E SALASIN; H R DAVIS
Corporate Author: US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Public Health Service
United States of America

US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Admin
United States of America

National Institute of Mental Health
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
National Institute of Mental Health
Rockville, MD 20857
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Rockville, MD 20852
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE LOW RATE OF ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE RESULTING FROM EVALUATION IS DISCUSSED, AND A MODEL INDICATING AN ORGANIZATION'S READINESS FOR CHANGE IS DESCRIBED AND APPLIED TO A COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER.
Abstract: STUDIES ARE QUOTED SHOWING THAT THE COST AND EFFORT EXPENDED IN EVALUATION ENTERPRISES VERY SELDOM ARE TRANSLATED INTO ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES REFLECTING EVALUATION FINDINGS. THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS FINDING FOR COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS ARE CONSIDERED. SOME OF THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE ARE IDENTIFIED, AND, BASED UPON THE BELIEF THAT ORGANIZATIONAL FUNCTIONING IS ROOTED IN HUMAN BEHAVIOR, A MODEL TO BE USED FOR ASSESSING AN ORGANIZATION'S READINESS FOR CHANGE IS DESCRIBED. THE MODEL IS ENTITLED, 'A VICTORY,' AN ACRONYM USED TO HELP RECALL THE 8 VARIABLES CONSIDERED NECESSARY TO ACCOUNT FOR ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR: ABILITY--THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT CHANGE; VALUES--THE ESTABLISHED PERSPECTIVE OF THE ORGANIZATION; INFORMATION--A CLEAR BASE OF KNOWLEDGE INDICATING THE NEED FOR AND THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE; CIRCUMSTANCES AND TIMING--RELATED VARIABLES AFFECTING THE OVERALL CLIMATE FOR CHANGE; OBLIGATION--FELT NEEDS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION STIMULATING MOVEMENT TOWARD CHANGE; RESISTANCES; AND YIELD--THE KINDS OF BENEFITS RESULTING FROM THE CHANGE PROPOSED. THE APPLICATION OF THIS MODEL IS ILLUSTRATED WITH A SMALL, RURAL MENTAL HOSPITAL THAT SERVED LARGELY LONG-TERM GERIATRIC PATIENTS. THE CHANGE PROPOSED INVOLVED MOVEMENT FROM CUSTODIAL CARE OF PATIENTS TO A PROGRAM STRESSING SELF-CARE AND INCREASED INDEPENDENCE FROM DIRECT HOSPITAL SERVICES. FOLLOWING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A READINESS FOR CHANGE SCALE CONSTRUCTED THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF 'A VICTORY' MODEL, THE FOLLOWING FOUR STAGES ARE DISCUSSED IN THE APPLICATION OF THE MODEL AS A GUIDE TO ORGANIZATIONAL CONSULTATION AND CHANGE: PROBLEM ASSESSMENT; GOAL DEFINITION; ACTION; AND FOLLOW-THROUGH. CHARTS AND REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Management; Mental disorders; Models; Techniques; Treatment
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