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Community Readiness

The information provided on this webpage will help communities better understand how to implement the Tri-Ethnic Community Readiness Assessment in your community. The assessment is part of the Tri-Ethnic Community Readiness Model developed by the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research at Colorado State University.

The materials on this website were developed by Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation with funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to support the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS) Evaluation (Grant #15151) and the Ohio Problem Gambling CQI Project (Grant #1616). Funding for the SPF-PFS is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP); Funding Opportunity SP-14-004.

Welcome

Are you thinking about implementing the Tri-Ethnic Community Readiness Assessment in your community? We have developed a series of short YouTube videos with supporting materials to help guide your community agency or organization through the process. To begin, please watch this short welcome video as an orientation to the training series.

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Introduction

Segment 1 consists of an overview of the importance of community readiness and an explanation of the Tri-Ethnic Community Readiness Model.

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Key Components of Community Readiness

In Segment 2, the 5 key components of the Tri-Ethnic Community Readiness Model are discussed. In addition, an in-depth explanation of the process for using the Tri-Ethnic Community Readiness Model is reviewed.

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Issue Specific Training

Segment 3 provides an explanation of all of the tools necessary to perform a community readiness assessment using the Tri-Ethnic Community Readiness Model. The tools included in this segment are a planning tool, a preparing key respondents document, an interview script, an anchored rating scale, an individual scoring sheet, and a combined scoring sheet.

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Scoring

Scoring the interviews using the Tri-Ethnic Community Readiness Model is the focus of Segment 4. In this segment you are provided with a step-by-step process of how to score each interview, individually and as a pair (or combined).

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Stages of Community Readiness

The nine (9) Stages of Community Readiness that are used in the Tri-Ethnic Community Readiness Model are explained in Segment 5. The nine Stages of Readiness include: No Awareness, Denial or Resistance, Vague Awareness, Preplanning, Preparation, Initiation, Stabilization, Confirmation or Expansion, and High Level of Community Ownership.

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Reporting

Segment 6 focuses on reporting the findings from the Tri-Ethnic Community Readiness Model after interviews have been scored. Guidelines for drafting a report and strategies for the future are outlined and discussed.

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Additional Resources

Using the Tri-Ethnic Model of Community Readiness to Address Important Issues in Ohio's Communities, presented at the 2016 Ohio Problem Gambling Conference.