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Table 1 Criteria for appraising applicability of the CICI framework

From: Making sense of complexity in context and implementation: the Context and Implementation of Complex Interventions (CICI) framework

Internal coherence and completeness of framework
Coherence Is the framework internally coherent and consistent? Are the definitions clear?
Completeness Is the framework comprehensive?
Theory advancement and development
Theory To what extent does the framework facilitate the advancement or development of theories?
Compatibility To what extent is the framework compatible with other theories, frameworks or models?
Relationships To what extent does the framework allow for the assessment and appraisal of relationships between its components?
Applicability of framework
Adaptation and applicability To what extent can the framework be applied and/or adapted to different interventions?
Flexibility To what extent can the framework be applied in systematic reviews and HTAs employing different methods?
Capability To what extent does the framework capture complexity?
User-friendliness of framework
Feasibility of application Can the framework be applied easily?