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Table 1 Overview of the four stages of the ERIC process

From: Expert recommendations for implementing change (ERIC): protocol for a mixed methods study

  Stage Input Task Output
Aim 1 Stage 1 Refined compilation of discrete implementation strategies Modified Delphi, 2 feedback rounds and consensus meeting •Expert consensus on key concepts (definitions & ratings)
Modified Delphi
Stage 2 Post-consensus compilation of discrete implementation strategies Sort the strategies in to subcategories; rate each strategy in terms of importance and feasibility •Weighted and unweighted cluster maps
Concept Mapping    •Ladder maps
    •Go-zone graphs
    •Importance and feasibility ratings for each strategy
Aim 2 Stage 3 •Discrete implementation strategies Essential ratings are obtained for each strategy for three temporal frames given each scenario For each practice change:
Menu-Based Choice •Practice change narrative   •Relative Essentialness Estimates for each strategy given each scenario
•Narratives of contextual variations of practice change scenarios   •A rank list of the most common strategy recommendation combinations
   •A summary of strategies that may serve as compliments and substitutes for each other
Stage 4 •Menu-Based Choice data summaries for each scenario Facilitated discussion; live polling of consensus reached during discussion For each practice change:
Facilitated Consensus Meeting •Importance and feasibility ratings from the concept mapping task   •Expert consensus regarding which discrete implementation strategies are of high importance
   •Context specific recommendations