What are the NASSS CAT TOOLS?
In this page you will find a set of co-designed materials, tools and resources to support planning, undertaking and evaluation of technology-supported change projects in health and social care. These tools are based on the Non-adoption, Abandonment, and challenges to Scale-up, Spread, and Sustainability (NASSS) framework, combined with a Complexity Assessment Toolkit (hence NASSS-CAT). NASSS is a framework guiding thinking around innovation, focusing on how multiple interacting influences manifest across 7 domains: the condition or illness, the technology, the value proposition, the adopter system (professionals, patients, caregivers), the organisation(s), the wider (institutional and societal) context, and the interaction and mutual adaptation between all these domains over time.
Browse over the sections below to find out more about the NASSS-CAT tools and click on the links to access the tools and related materials. The digital versions (Googledocs and Office 365) allow users to work collaboratively on a project, in real time. You can also download MS Word and/or PDF versions which can be printed for use offline. A short guide to the tools is available here (.docx), including an overview of the tools available and suggestions on how to use them.
A ‘taster’ version to illustrate the general idea of a multi-domain analysis of a complex technology challenge. It only takes a few minutes to complete (individually or in a group) with 3-5 questions for each of the 7 NASSS domains.
This version helps with detailed reflection on your technology-supported change project and invites more free-text narrative on complexity from different perspectives (ideally by more than one contributors). You can complete this tool as a Word document (through the link below) but you can also use the full NASSS-CAT Complexity toolkit (next section) which provides a digital environment for detailed reflection and collaboration.
The NASSS-CAT Complexity toolkit has been designed to combine NASSS-CAT Short and Long. You can use this online toolkit flexibly to reach the level of detailed reflection that your project requires at different points in time and to invite contribution from distributed teams. The complexity toolkit also provides interactive visualisations you can use in presentations and meetings.
You can use this tool to assess, monitor, reduce and respond to complexity in technology projects over time. It contains five sections to help map complexity and provides visual results.
A set of interview prompts to support researchers collect data across the 7 NASSS domains. It can be adapted to suit particular projects.
Please see here for ideas and resources to help you plan your implementation project and consider measures to reduce or respond to complexity in the different NASSS domains.
Join the NASSS-CAT community and share your learning and experience of using the tools with others.
Once you click the link below, navigate to the top left side of the screen to ‘subscribe’ to the mailing list. You will be prompted to set up a JISC-mail user name and password.
Welcome to the community.
The development of the eNASSS-CAT tools was funded by The Health Foundation (project No. 1911372) with special thanks to mHabitat
Material is copyright; © IRIHS group, University of Oxford, and mHabitat