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Table 1 Concepts in the ACT survey

From: Development and assessment of the Alberta Context Tool

Concept Definition Hypothesis Sample item
Leadership 1 The actions of formal leaders in an organization (unit) to influence change and excellence in practice, items generally reflect emotionally intelligent leadership H1: Care providers who perceive more positive (emotionally intelligent) unit leadership report higher research use Calmly handles stressful situations
Culture 1 The way that 'we do things' in our organizations and work units, items generally reflect a supportive work culture H2: Care providers who perceive a more positive unit culture report higher research use My organization effectively balances best practice and productivity
Evaluation 1 The process of using data to assess group/team performance and to achieve outcomes in organizations or units H3: Care providers who perceive a larger number of unit feedback mechanisms report higher research use Our team routinely monitors our performance with respect to the action plans
Social Capital 1 The stock of active connections among people. These connections are of three types: bonding, bridging, and linking H4: Care providers who perceive more positive unit social capital activities report higher research use People in the group share information with others in the group
Formal Interactions 2 Formal exchanges that occur between individuals working within an organization (unit) through scheduled activities that can promote the transfer of knowledge H6: Care providers who perceive a larger number of formal unit interactions report higher research use How often do these activities occur?
-Team meetings
Informal Interactions 2 Informal exchanges that occur between individuals working within an organization (unit) that can promote the transfer of knowledge H5: Care providers who perceive a larger number of informal unit interactions report higher research use How often do you interact with people in the following roles or positions?
- Someone who champions research and its use in practice
Structural/Electronic Resources 3 The structural and electronic elements of an organization (unit) that facilitate the ability to assess and use knowledge H7: Care providers who perceive a larger number of unit structural and electronic resources report higher research use How often do you use/attend the following?
- A Library
Organizational Slack The cushion of actual or potential resources which allows an organization (unit) to adapt successfully to internal pressures for adjustments or to external pressures for changes   
   • Human Resources (staffing)1   H8: Care providers who perceive sufficient unit staffing levels report higher research use Enough staff to deliver quality care
   • Time 1   H9: Care providers who perceive having sufficient time on their unit report higher research use Time to do something extra for patients
   • Space 1   H10: Care providers who perceive having sufficient space on their unit report higher research use Use of designated space
  1. 1 = Scale: 1-strongly disagree; 2-disagree; 3-neither agree or disagree; 4-agree; 5-strongly agree
  2. 2 = Scale: 1-never; 2-rarely; 3-ocasionally; 4-frequently; 5-almost always
  3. 3 = Scale: 1-never; 2-rarely; 3-ocasionally; 4-frequently; 5-almost always; 6-not accessible