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Step 5 – Assessing the Applicability and Transferability of the Rapid Review

These tools will allow you to assess whether your intervention or program is applicable (feasible) and transferable (generalizable) to the Region of Peel and Peel Public Health. This is a key step in the evidence-informed decision making process since it takes into account the contextual and situational factors which influence a program’s success.

The completion of this worksheet should be a collaborative effort between the specialist and the supervisor/manager. The tool is designed to capture important issues related to your proposed program and should be documented in the ‘notes’ section of the table. If you answer negatively to any of the questions, please provide as much detail as possible. Many of the questions relate specifically to the recommendations that have emerged from the literature review; however you may find it more pertinent to defer some of the questions to the steps related to the Program Planning and Evaluation (PPE) process.

There are two tools available for this step:

Applicability and Transferability for starting or modifying a program
Starting or Modifying a Program

This tool was adapted from the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools, “Assessment of Applicability & Transferability” tool developed by Buffet, Ciliska and Thomas. The original tool offers the opportunity to numerically weigh each item to obtain an overall scoring measure. The scoring step is not necessary for every project or team; however if you are interested in learning more about this process, please follow this link: http://www.nccmt.ca/pubs/2008_09_AT_paper_v_oct2007_ENG.pdf

Applicability and Transferability for stopping a program
Stopping an Existing Program

This tool was adapted by Buffet, Ciliska and Thomas for the purposes of stopping a program.

Contact the library, if you have not found the information you require.

Date Created: December 14th, 2010
Date Modified: December 14th, 2010

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