Good Capacity Building is a Key Part of
Capacity building is purposeful. It brings the right people
to the table. Shows a plan for developing capacity among
Describes and identifies partnership members (people),
policies, programs, practices, physical locations and
funding already in place.
Has representation from target populations
Include strategies for addressing gaps identified from the
organizational capacity assessment.
Good Capacity Building Addresses
the Entire Community
Don’t micromanage. Seek systemic, community-level
Have results of the community readiness assessment
been described and integrated into the Community
Has the Community prevention partnership described its
capacity to implement its prevention plan?
Describe the plan one component at a time.
Good Capacity Building Addresses
Building Community Readiness
Key Stakeholders set a tone in the community
Who are they?
Are they on board?
Does the community perceive it as an issue
Do we have feedback from the stakeholders?
Educate key stakeholders
Training and communication
People/Human Resources: those who know
Civic and Volunteers
Cultural and ethnic diversity
Government: Justice, law,
state and local
Religious and fraternal
Schools, counselors, teachers,
social workers, coaches
Healthcare and mental health
State and local government
Data and qualitative resources,
No one does anything without having
something in it for themselves
We innately differ from each other in
very important ways:
we want different things
we have different motives and purposes
we differ in values, beliefs, needs, drives,
impulses and urges
we think, conceptualize, understand,
comprehend, and interpret reality different
Who needs to be “At the Table”
Program & Policy
Training & Outreach
There are those who need to be in the know –
but not necessarily at the table
Purposeful, sustained, continuous, a movement, not a program
A well planned capacity building component is marketing!
Marketing includes ongoing newspaper articles, television blurbs,
advertising events, newsletters, anything that lets the community know
you are there. Logo (we can often find free logo for non-profits).
Sustained conduit of information to the public.
Mandatory school courses geared toward substance prevention
(InDOE: current health issues)
Developmental asset framework
Take It Back
LCC grant offers
4Community (United Way) Grant
Communities Mobilizing for Change
Have a beginning and end, short term
All programs. Including, but not limited to, Evidence Based Programs
proven or model
Afternoons ROCK In Indiana
Too Good for Drugs and
Red Ribbon Week
Kick Butts Day
DARE to be You
School policies and rules about substance use
County ordinances on social hosting and serving
Mandatory community service learning
Tickets for underage consumption
Community swimming pools and recreation centers
Child care centers
What’s Working and What’s Not
Capacity is building on what is already in
place and not “reinventing the wheel.”
Where the needs are high and the
resources are few, add to what is already
in place and create new practices, policies
and programs to fill the gaps.
Look at the issue from all angles.
Addressing the issues
Where is the gap/risk factor?
How do we know it is a gap?
Is the gap related to physical, policy, practice, financial,
What is filling the gap currently?
What will fill the gap?
Who can help fill the gap? (Additional staffing, training,
or technical assistance needed to implement selected
strategies, collect evaluation data, and maintain
Who will it address?
Where will the gap get filled (physically)?
What will be the sustainable funding/resource to fill the
Capacity Building In Summary:
Key to sustainability
Addresses the whole community
Builds on Policies, programs, practices
already in place
Attends to and assists human resources
and physical locations already in place.
Shows the gaps in infrastructure and
designs ways to fill those gaps.