Community Readiness for Change
The IAPR utilizes the Community Readiness Model (CRM) that was developed by the Tri-Ethnic Center. The model has been applied in a wide variety of projects (e.g. drug use, violence, suicide, traumatic brain injury, chills car seat use, seatbelt use and enforcement of seatbelt laws, bicycle helmet use, and school playground injuries). It is an efficient method for assessing a community’s capacity for change on a targeted issue, providing a practical, common sense guide to communities on what to do to make positive community changes. The model has provided the CICRC sub unit with an approach to integrate a community based participatory action research into injury prevention research.
The Community Readiness Model has been widely published and adopted. The model identifies nine stages of readiness that are assessed across six dimensions. If you would like to learn more about the CRM on your own, learn how to get trained in using the CRM, or would like to request technical assistance with implementing the CRM for your project please visit this website: http://triethniccenter.colostate.edu/communityReadiness_home.htm