Original ArticlesAssessing Organizational Readiness and Capacity for Developing an Integrated Child Health Information SystemWild, Ellen L. MPH; Fehrenbach, S. Nicole MPPAuthor Information Director of Programs, All Kids Count, Public Health Informatics Institute, Task Force for Child Survival and Development, Decatur, Georgia (Wild) Senior Research and Evaluation Associate, All Kids Count, Public Health Informatics Institute, Task Force for Child Survival and Development, Decatur, Georgia (Fehrenbach) Corresponding author: Ellen L. Wild, MPH, All Kids Count, Public Health Informatics Institute, Task Force for Child Survival and Development, 750 Commerce Drive, Suite 400, Decatur, GA 30030. (e-mail: [email protected]). Preparation of this article was assisted by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: November 2004 - Volume 10 - Issue - p S48-S51 Buy AbstractIn Brief The Tool for Assessment and Planning (the Tool) assists public health teams in designing child health information integration projects from planning through early implementation. The tool is a companion to Integration of Newborn Screening and Genetic Services Systems with Other Maternal and Child Health Systems: A Sourcebook for Planning and Development (the Sourcebook). The Tool and the Sourcebook focus on 9 key elements considered critical to supporting information systems integration. The 9 key elements are: leadership, project governance, project management, stakeholder involvement, organizational and technical strategies, technical support and coordination, financial support and management, policy support, and evaluation. Project teams can use the Tool to assess their organizational readiness and capacity by examining the critical components and strategies required to support success based on the 9 key elements. The questions are intended to promote discussion among project team members and to identify specific action steps. The Tool includes a planning matrix to track those action steps and to identify accountable personnel. Strategically examining the critical elements and documenting next steps increases the likelihood of a successful integration project. The Tool for Assessment and Planning, which assists public health teams in designing child health information integration projects by assessing their organizational readiness and capacity, is presented in this article. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.