Psychometric Properties of the General Organizational Index (GOI): A Measure of Individualization and Quality Improvement to Complement Program Fidelity

Adm Policy Ment Health. 2020 Nov;47(6):920-926. doi: 10.1007/s10488-020-01025-2.


To assess the implementation of effective practices, mental health programs need standardized measures. The General Organizational Index (GOI), although widely used for this purpose, has received minimal psychometric research. For this study, we assessed psychometric properties of the GOI scale administered four times over 18 months during the implementation of a new program in 11 sites. The GOI scale demonstrated high levels of interrater reliability (.97), agreement between assessors on item ratings (86% overall), internal consistency (.77-.80 at three time points), sensitivity to change, and feasibility. We conclude that the GOI scale has acceptable psychometric properties, and its use may enhance implementation and research on evidence-based mental health practices.Trial registration: REK2015/2169. Identifier: NCT03271242.

Keywords: GOI general organizational index; Individualization and quality improvement; Psychometric properties.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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