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Table 2 Factors That Influence Decision-Makers' Capacity To Implement Evidence-Informed Programs or Interventions

From: Evidence-informed decision-making by professionals working in addiction agencies serving women: a descriptive qualitative study

Influencing Factor Characteristics
Social or political mandates • Requirement by funding source(s) to implement evidenced-based programs
• Provincial requirements to implement or provide specific programs or services
Agency mandate and resources • Agency vision and mission statement
• Treatment philosophy endorsed by agency
• Available human and financial resources
Community • Decision-makers seek to avoid a duplication of services within a community
• Observed successful implementations of programs or services by community partners
• New program or service complements existing services within the community
Agency service providers • Personal values and beliefs
• Professional expertise
• Personal experiences of addiction and recovery
Agency clients • Cultural expectations
• Identified needs and preferences for services
Research evidence • Validity of the study results
• Generalizability of the study results to the local context
• Evidence of positive client outcomes
• Successful implementation of the evidence (e.g. an evidence-based intervention)
• Evidence-based program or intervention endorsed by a credible expert or agency
• Cost required to implement the evidence-based program or intervention