Organizational Social Context Measurement System
The Organizational Social Context (OSC) measurement system is a 105-item instrument used to provide a comprehensive profile of an organization’s social context that can be compared with national norms and used in a variety of service system intervention efforts and effectiveness studies.

Evidence-Based Assessment Rating ProfileOSC

Sample Items


Relevant Literature:

  1. Aarons, G. A., Glisson, C., Green, P. D., Hoagwood, K., Kelleher, K. J., Landsverk, J. A. (2012). The organizational social context of mental health services and clinician attitudes toward evidence-based practice: a United States national study. Implementation Science, 7(1), 56. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-7-56
  2. Cassie, K. M., & Cassie, W. E. (2012). Organizational and individual conditions associated with depressive symptoms among nursing home residents over time. The Gerontologist, 52(6), 812–821. doi:10.1093/geront/gns059
  3. Cohen-Callow, A., Hopkins, K. M., & Kim, H. J. (2009). Retaining workers approaching retirement: why child welfare needs to pay attention to the aging workforce. Child Welfare, 88(5), 209–228.
  4. Courtney Cronley, D. A. P. (2010). How Well Does It Fit? An Organizational Culture Approach to Assessing Technology Use Among Homeless Service Providers. Administration in Social Work, 34, 286–303. doi:10.1080/03643107.2010.481194
  5. Glisson, C. (2007). Assessing and Changing Organizational Culture and Climate for Effective Services. Research on Social Work Practice, 17(6), 736–747. doi:10.1177/1049731507301659
  6. Glisson, C., Landsverk, J., Schoenwald, S., Kelleher, K., Hoagwood, K. E., Mayberg, S., … Research Network on Youth Mental Health. (2008). Assessing the organizational social context (OSC) of mental health services: implications for research and practice. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 35(1-2), 98–113. doi:10.1007/s10488-007-0148-5
  7. Glisson, C., Schoenwald, S. K., Kelleher, K., Landsverk, J., Hoagwood, K. E., Mayberg, S., … Research Network on Youth Mental Health. (2008). Therapist turnover and new program sustainability in mental health clinics as a function of organizational culture, climate, and service structure. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 35(1-2), 124–133. doi:10.1007/s10488-007-0152-9
  8. Hopkins, K. M., Cohen-Callow, A., Kim, H. J., & Hwang, J. (2010). Beyond intent to leave: Using multiple outcome measures for assessing turnover in child welfare. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(10), 1380–1387. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2010.06.006
  9. PATTERSON, D. A., WOLF (ADELV UNEGV WAYA), S., MAGUIN, E., DULMUS, C. N., & NISBET, B. C. (2011). Measuring a Community-Based Mental Health Organization’s Culture and Climate Scores Stability. Social Work in Mental Health, 9(6), 435–444. doi:10.1080/15332985.2011.575720
  10. Rostila, I., Suominen, T., Asikainen, P., & Green, P. (2011). Differentiation of organizational climate and culture in public health and social services in Finland. Journal of Public Health, 19(1), 39–47. doi:10.1007/s10389-010-0353-7