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Using the ADKAR Model as a Structured Change Management Approach

Written by Tim Creasey

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A structured approach to the change process is a critical concept in developing a successful and sustainable organizational change strategy. Organizations that employ a structured process within their change strategy benefit from a smoother transition, increased adoption rate, and higher implementation rates among impacted groups, and more. And industry-leading organizations leverage a structured change approach to create a formal and dependable process that is repeatable throughout the organization on all projects. How can you accomplish this in your organization? By dedicating part of your structured approach to the individual employee and their success. 

The ADKAR Model's Impact on
a Structured Approach

The Prosci ADKAR Model is an individual change model that supports and reinforces a structured change management approach. A change practitioner may scale and deploy this model on any size project. Equipping the organization with the ADKAR Model delivers a common language and meaning for change that enables all employees to understand the process. The ADKAR Model also provides the organization’s change practitioners a roadmap for employee success that ultimately leads to the organization's success.

Research shows that utilizing a structured change management approach enhances the change maturity of an organization, maximizes project adoption rates, and optimizes the people side of a project. The ADKAR Model is an assessment tool, roadmap, common language and structured approach that helps facilitate critical conversations and activities throughout the organization to manage a structured approach to change management. This model is the foundational element in an organizational change management strategy that focuses on the success of the individual employee.


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ADKAR Use Cases

Prosci’s Applications of ADKAR research effort explored seven uses of the ADKAR Model, including providing a structured approach to change management. Participants in the study shed light on the applications of and results of creating a structured approach to change management with the ADKAR Model:

[ADKAR] aligns with individual change and transition and provides authentic ways of supporting people.”

“Deployment packages are more consistent with higher quality.”

“We made fewer mistakes.”

Research on Applications of ADKAR

The full research deep dive on using the ADKAR Model as a structured approach for change management includes how it was used and its impact. You can explore and share all seven Applications of ADKAR research reports, which also include a case study on how one organization leveraged the ADKAR Model to increase consistency and predictability on projects.

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