The Institute has developed an operational model of Technology Transfer which uses a three-phased approach: (1) facilitate stakeholder discussions to identify areas of need; (2) provide training and technical assistance to improve the general workforce, as well as identify and build the capacity of local experts called Community Change Specialists; and (3) provide ongoing support to the local experts who build the capacity of the general workforce by providing coaching and ongoing training; evaluate the effectiveness of the change specialists and the program.
We’ve adapted several models, considering the relationship between Stages of Change, Stages of Alignment, and Stages of Technology Transfer, to create the Danya Institute’s Change Matrix. This allows us to select the most appropriate technology transfer activity to match the need of the client, based on their stage of change. With these tools, we will provide training, technical assistance (TA), community engagement, product development, and event management services to our stakeholders.
- Learn more about the Technology Transfer model at: ATTC, MHTTC
- Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment article: Research to practice in addiction treatment: Key terms and a field-driven model of technology transfer
The focus is on the implementation area of the model, with a goal to stimulate measureable change in practice. The brief skills training, conferences, workshops, and publications that the Network has always offered will still be available, based on local and regional needs. However, in the new grant cycle, the Network will offer more intensive technical assistance (TA), working with organizations to improve the quality of services offered across the continuum of care. This intensive TA may be delivered in formats such as:
- Connected learning series and communities
- Organizational development and systems change projects
- Technical assistance to organizations, localities, and states