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Validation of the Implementation Leadership Scale (ILS) in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Organizations. Copyright: Elsevier, Inc.

Reference Type

Journal Article

Authors, Section

Aarons, G. A.; Ehrhart, M. G.; Torres, E. M.; Finn, N. K.; Roesch, S. C.

Title, Section

Validation of the Implementation Leadership Scale (ILS) in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Organizations. Copyright: Elsevier, Inc.

Publication Year

2016

Journal Title

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment

Volume

68

Issue

Sep

Pages

31-35

Availability

online

PMID

PMID: 27431044

DOI

10.1016/j.jsat.2016.05.004

Abstract

There have been recent calls for pragmatic measures to assess factors that influence evidence-based practice (EBP) implementation processes and outcomes. The Implementation Leadership Scale (ILS) is a brief and efficient measure that can be used for research or organizational development purposes to assess leader behaviors and actions that actively support effective EBP implementation. The ILS was developed and validated in mental health settings. This study validates the ILS factor structure with providers in alcohol and other drug (AOD) use treatment agencies. Participants were 323 service providers working in 72 workgroups from three AOD use treatment agencies. Confirmatory factor analyses and reliability analyses were conducted to examine the psychometric properties of the ILS. Convergent and discriminant validity were also assessed. Confirmatory factor analyses demonstrated good fit to the hypothesized first and second order factor structure. Internal consistency reliability was excellent. Convergent and discriminant validity was supported. The ILS psychometric characteristics, reliability, and validity were supported in AOD use treatment agencies. The ILS is a brief and pragmatic measure that can be used for research and practice to assess leadership for EBP implementation in AOD use treatment agencies.

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