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Array of Assessment Tools

January 30, 2023

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Are Change Management assessments truly essential to the Change Management process? What do they bring to the table, and when should they be employed?


Array of Assessment Tools 


  1. Change Management Readiness Assessment

    When it comes to Change Management, two essential assessments are needed right at the beginning of any change initiative. 

    1. The first assessment pertains to the change itself and should encompass a thorough evaluation of its scope, depth, and overall magnitude. Key factors to address in this assessment include:

      • The scope of the change (whether it affects a workgroup, department, division, or the entire enterprise).

      • The number of employees impacted by the change.

      • The type of change being introduced (e.g., process change, technology implementation, organizational restructuring, job role modifications, merger or acquisition, strategic shift).

      • The extent of deviation from the current state or practices.

      This comprehensive assessment of the change and a well-informed understanding of its nature are imperative for devising an effective change strategy.Top of Form

    2. The second crucial assessment focuses on the organization itself. Every organization possesses unique attributes that can either facilitate or hinder the process of Change Management. Gaining a thorough understanding of these organizational characteristics equips you to inform your team and sponsors about potential hurdles. This assessment encompasses the following aspects:

      • The prevailing culture and value system within the organization

      • The organization's capacity to handle change (including ongoing changes)

      • Leadership styles and the distribution of power within the organization

      • Any lingering effects of past changes or initiatives

      • The attitude of middle management toward the proposed change

      • The readiness of employees to embrace the change

      Conducting a comprehensive assessment of both the change and the organization sets the stage for a well-informed and effective Change Management strategy.

      What is readiness assessment data used for?

      The data gathered from readiness assessments plays a pivotal role in the planning of Change Management efforts. This information is instrumental in devising a Change Management strategy that aligns with both the specific change at hand and the distinctive characteristics of your organization. Key aspects of the planning process that benefit from this readiness assessment data include:

      • Selecting a Change Management Team Model and Team Size:

        Understanding the organization's readiness helps in determining the appropriate model for your Change Management team and the ideal team size.

      • Selecting a Sponsorship Model and Support System: 

        The assessment data aids in the selection of a sponsorship model and establishing the necessary support structure for the change.

      • Assessing Risks and Identifying Potential Obstacles: 

        By identifying risks and potential roadblocks in advance, you can develop proactive strategies to mitigate these challenges.

      • Determining the Need for Special Tactics: 

        Based on readiness assessment findings, you can assess whether any unique or specialized tactics are required to support the specific change in question.

      • Customizing Communication, Training, Coaching, and Sponsor Plans:

        The data allows for the tailoring of communication plans, training programs, coaching strategies, and sponsorship plans to address the unique needs and readiness levels of the organization and its employees.

      Incorporating readiness assessment data into your Change Management planning ensures that your strategies are finely tuned to the specific circumstances and requirements of the change initiative and the organization itself.

  2. Risk Assessment

    Risk Assessment is used to assess risk(s) and customize and scale your Change Management approach. The assessment is comprised of 2 Characteristics:

    • Change Characteristics Assessment – to assess the size & scope of the change. 

    • Organizational Attributes Assessment – to assess the Organization’s readiness for the change (change-ready or change-resistant).

    The result of these two scores will show plotted on the Risk Grid, and define the people risk of a change.



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  3. PCT Assessment: Prosci Change Triangle (PCT) Model.png


    PCT Assessments are used to effectively diagnose, treat, and monitor the health of your projects and initiatives. 

    How can you determine the progress of a change initiative? What tools can help you pinpoint issues and recognize significant risks? Assessing the health of a project solely based on intuition, subjective judgments, or feedback from organizational leaders can be misleading. Without a proper understanding, you might inadvertently steer your efforts in the wrong direction. 

    The Prosci Change Triangle (PCT) Model offers a straightforward yet highly effective framework that illustrates the four vital dimensions of any successful change endeavor and their interrelation. 

    When used in conjunction with the PCT Assessment, this model offers a targeted approach to appraise, monitor, and measure the well-being of the following elements: Success, Leadership/Sponsorship, Project Management, and Change Management.




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    The PCT Model eliminates uncertainty from the change equation by providing insights into the essential requirements for successful change. It allows you to identify any crucial elements that may be overlooked and offers guidance on how to address them effectively.


  4. ADKAR Assessments

    The ADKAR Model – one of 2 foundational models of the Prosci Methodology, is based on the understanding that organizational change can only happen when individuals change. 

    As individual change is dynamic, the ADKAR Model is used to track individual progress through ADKAR transitions. 

    The ADKAR Assessment is the resource Change Management practitioners use to get a snapshot of ADKAR scores for individuals or groups to guide their Change Management activities, plans and adaptive actions. 

    ADKAR Assessments are typically completed at multiple points in the project lifecycle.





  5. Change Management Maturity Assessment

    Your organization is on a mission to embed Change Management as a Strategic imperative and a leadership competency? Read about the Prosci Change Management Maturity Model

    Leveraging these assessments within a well-defined Change Management framework proves invaluable in shaping your Change Management strategy and guiding the project team in making informed choices regarding their approach to Change Management. It's crucial to recognize that the assessment process serves as a planning tool and should not dominate the majority of the Change Management effort. Instead, assessments should be conducted efficiently, requiring only the necessary amount of time to facilitate well-informed planning decisions. 




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