1. What are the criteria for choosing a successful new practice or method?

New practices or methods that have been successfully implemented tend to share a number of common characteristics. The following provides a summary of some of key issues that may assist you in the selection of a new practice or method.

  • Obvious Need:  Staff and service users will accept change if the change proposed can be understood as a solution to an existing problem.
  • Clear Benefits:   Stakeholders or service users must be convinced that change will result in benefits, e.g. a more efficient or effective service.
  • Congruent Values:   New practices or methods that are in line with individual and organisational values, norms and working methods stand a far greater chance of success.
  • Simple:   The more complex a new practice/method, the harder it is to implement. Keep things simple and small scale, at least initially.
  • Testable:   New practices that can be tested on a small scale and with minimal risk are easier to introduce.
  • Visible:   Quickly observable  benefits will make change easier to achieve.
  • Adaptable:   Being able to adapt a new practice to existing conditions can make it easier to implement.
  • Transferable:   A new practice which has applicability to more than one service context or more than one group of service users may prove easier to implement.