Exploring perceptions of implementation practice capacity in community-based behavioral health organizations

Enya B. Vroom, Oliver T. Massey, Zahra Akbari, Skye C. Bristol, Brandi Cook, Amy L. Green, Bruce L. Levin, Dinorah M. Tyson, Micah E. Johnson

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Community-based organizations (CBOs) must have the capacity to adopt, implement, and sustain evidence-based practices (EBPs). However, limited research exists examining CBOs' ability/capacity to implement EBPs. The purpose of this preliminary study was to investigate how staff of CBOs perceive implementation practice capacity, determine factors needed for adequate capacity for implementing EBPs, and examine which perspectives of capacity are shared across organizational levels. Ninety-seven administrators and practitioners of CBOs were surveyed using the Implementation Capacity Survey, which examines perceived importance, presence, and organizational capacity of the CBO in nine implementation practice areas (IPAs) (e.g., leadership). Results revealed participants rated IPAs on the importance scale higher than IPAs on the present scale. Presence and organizational capacity scales were strongly correlated, and results showed significant differences between administrators and practitioners on ratings of presence and organizational capacity. Implications for future research aimed at examining/building implementation practice capacity in community settings will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1700-1716
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • behavioral health
  • capacity building
  • community-based organizations
  • evidence-based practices
  • implementation practice
  • implementation practice areas
  • implementation science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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