The Community Readiness Model: Evaluating Local Smoke-Free Policy Development

Nancy L. York, Ellen J. Hahn

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The purpose of this article is to review the literature on community readiness and assess the utility of the community readiness model (CRM) for understanding and affecting smoke-free policy development and implementation. The CRM evaluates a community's capacity for successfully developing and implementing prevention or treatment interventions. The purposes of evaluating a community's readiness are to: (a) identify the stage of readiness for policy change, and (b) determine stage-specific strategies to advance a community toward policy change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-200
Number of pages17
JournalPolicy, Politics, and Nursing Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2007


  • community needs assessment
  • community readiness
  • public policy
  • smoke-free laws

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects


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