Connecting for Adoption and Adaptation of Innovation
A methodology for organisations and networks working in health, social care and wellbeing
The Connecting for Adoption and Adaptation of Innovation (CAAI) methodology can be used to support the introduction and uptake of innovation as part of service improvement, change or transformation.
Why supporting innovation adoption is important
There can often be a chasm between an innovation being developed and that innovation being adopted in health and care settings. It is often said that innovation takes around 17 years to enter health and care. This delay can be caused by lengthy waits around the decision to adopt and delays in following through with the innovation adopter pathway. Over the last three decades, there has been extensive work on how to introduce tested innovations faster and more successfully across a variety of health and care settings, including pharmaceutical, digital, technology, and workforce. This research is interdisciplinary, spanning business and management, implementation science, the psychological and behavioural sciences, as well as design and communication. Research across these fields makes it clear that support is required to reduce risks associated with innovation adoption and increase the likelihood of sustained success.
Making support available for the introduction and uptake of innovation is often overlooked in health, social care and wellbeing. It’s not easy to be one of the first few adoption sites for innovation and there are risks involved in changing how care or services are provided, even when it is for the better. The CAAI methodology has been released as a tested toolkit ready for use by organisations and networks as they support their innovation adopters.
CAAI can be used to support the introduction and uptake of innovation as part of service improvement, change or transformation.
CAAI Methodology: Four StepsHow to initiate and run a programme aimed at adopting innovations to transform care and services.
CAAI Methodology: Inputs and outcomes frameworksConceptual frameworks to increase the likelihood of successful uptake.
CAAI Methodology: Supportive spacesHow to design and manage a physical/digital space and structured activities to support adopters.