Getting to Outcomes, 2004: Promoting Accountability through Methods and Tools for Planning, Implementation and Evaluation

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Chapter Five
QUESTION #5: What Organizational
Capacities Are Needed to Implement
the Program?
(Capacities)
In this question, your organization must determine whether there are sufficient organizational capacities available to successfully implement the identified program.
Definition of Organizational Capacity
Organizational capacity refers to different types of resources an organization has to implement and sustain a prevention program and includes
human capacities (e.g., staff with appropriate credentials and experience, leaders who understand the program, strong program leadership, strong staff commitment for the program, etc.)
technical capacities, which include the expertise needed to address all the aspects of program planning, implementation, and evaluation
fiscal capacities or the adequate funding to implement the program as planned
structural/formal linkage capacities, which are the links to, and buy-in from, other key members of the community and access to the target population.

Why Is Assessing Organizational Capacities
Important?

The reason it is important to assess your capacity before program implementation is because capacity directly relates to how well the program will be implemented. If there is not enough capacity to implement the program as intended, then it is likely that the program will not achieve the outcomes desired. The goals of the capacity assessment should be to determine what capacities the organization possesses and what capacities the

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