Assessing "readiness" is something that we often seek to do in
social change research and in social change practice. Often,
though, the readiness assessed only concerns the end-user social
system that will be targeted for change or that will be invited
into some sort of participative change process. For example,
communities may be assessed for their degree of readiness in
organizing to prevent homelessness. Those scores might then be used
to determine which communities are "ready" to engage in change.
Unfortunately, there are two other component parts that are
critical for successful social change: The innovation that will be
introduced to the targeted social system, and those organizational
stakeholders who sponsor and who will be responsible for delivering
the innovation to the targeted end-user social system. Rarely do we
assess the readiness of innovations themselves, or the readiness of
the resource or intermediary delivery system that will get the
innovation to the end-user social system. But there is no reason
this cannot be done!
We've done some work along these lines of parsing out types of
readiness assessments. If you're interested, let me know. If you've
also done some work like this, let me know!