NCEC Implementation Guide and Toolkit 2018
Tool 1 – The Hexagon Tool
Idenfytheneedsofserviceusersand
communiesthroughconsultaon,
researchandanalysisofdata
Assesswhatintervenonsarelikelyto
addresstheidenedneeds
Idenfyifthesenghasthe
necessarycapacitytoabsorb
andsustaintheintervenon
(e.g.stawithrequired
qualicaons,leadership,
nance,andstructures)
Assessthelevelofbuy-infor
theintervenon
Examineiftheintervenonis
clearlydenedandhasbeen
usedinmulplesengs
Establishwhetherthe
experseintheintervenonis
availableandaccessible
Assessiftheintervenon
tswithcurrentiniaves,
structuresandvalues
Examineitstwithlocaland
naonalpoliciesandpriories
Idenfynecessaryresources:
Technology/datasystems
Stang
Training,coachingand
supervision
Physicalinfrastructure
Administraveandsystem
supports
Assesswhataddional
resourcesarerequiredfor
implementaon
Consultandassesstheevidenceinrelaon
totheintervenononwhatworks,inwhat
contexts,andwithwhom
Assesstheevidenceonimplementaon
andcost
Need
Evidence
Intervenon
Readiness
Capacity to
Implement
Resource
Availability
Fit
Intervenon:
TheHexagonToolcanbeusedasaplanningtooltoevaluatepotenalevidence-basedguideline
recommendaonsduringtheExploraon Stageofimplementaon.
Pleaseratethefollowingaspectsofimplementaonreadinessin accordance with your
guideline(cktheappropriatebox):
High Med Low
Need
Fit
Resource Availability
Evidence
Intervenon Readiness
Capacity to Implement
Adapted from the Naonal Implementaon Research Network (NIRN) Hexagon Tool by the
Centre for Eecve Services, with permission from NIRN. Original version available at: hps://
implementaon.fpg.unc.edu/sites/implementaon.fpg.unc.edu/les/resources/NIRN-
HexagonDiscussionandAnalysisTool2018_FINAL.pdf
ThistoolisavailableonNCECwebsite:
hps://health.gov.ie/naonal-paent-safety-oce/ncec/
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