This section can provide guidance to those who are both wondering how to evaluate capacity building activity and those seeking insights about what others examine when evaluating capacity building. Below we showcase reports that evaluate the capacity building activities in specific regions so that readers can understand how the evaluation of existing capacity building activities can impact the prioritization of future capacity building. Below you will also find reports that address how to evaluate capacity building and suggestions for specific tools nonprofits can use to evaluate their own capacity building needs, as well as to evaluate the outcomes of capacity building projects.
Before analyzing whether capacity building has been a success, it is important to recognize the distinction between capacity building and technical assistance:
When a nonprofit receives technical assistance, most often an outside specialist is hired to perform tasks that the nonprofits does not have the capacity to perform itself. When the technical assistance specialist leaves, the nonprofit still does not have the capacity to perform that function or accomplish the outcomes that the technical assistance enabled.
In contrast, when a capacity building project is completed, the nonprofit has gained the ability to achieve certain outcomes on its own, both now and into the future.
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