Organizational Measurement and the Implementation of Innovations in Mental Health Services

  • John Kimberly
  • Joan M. CookEmail author
Original Paper


This paper presents a brief review of organizational measures related to implementation of new practices and technologies in sectors other than mental health, and discusses potential application of these measures to mental health implementation research. A few standardized organizational measures are presented along with considerations regarding the appropriateness of adapting existing measures rather than creating novel ones or using additional methodologies. Challenges and opportunities for researchers in measuring key organizational constructs related to implementation in mental health settings are discussed.


Information dissemination Implementation Organizational innovation Organizational change 



This study was supported by two National Institute of Mental Health grants to the principal investigator Joan Cook, Ph.D. (R21 MH068565 “Use of Benzodiazepines by Older Primary Care Patients” and K01 MH070859 “Dissemination of Empirically Supported Psychotherapies”).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.New York State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA

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