Assessing NGO Capacity: An Overview of Tools & Facilitation Techniques

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Assessing NGO Capacity: An Overview of Tools & Facilitation Techniques

May 09, 2018 - 9:00am to May 10, 2018 - 5:00pm

Washington , DC , United States


Meg Kinghorn

Language: English

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There is no single NGO capacity assessment tool that can be used for all purposes. Yet the proliferation of these tools has left practitioners with many to choose from but little guidance in how to select the best one. This two-day workshop places capacity assessment within its proper context and sets you on the path to improved partner assessment. Our expert trainer helps you to understand the two main uses of capacity assessments, walks you through how to design or adapt your own tool, and gets to the root of designing assessments that build ownership and capacity for sustainable organizational development. By going through a simulated assessment, you will enhance your facilitation skills to better engage your local partners in this process, and strengthen their commitment to organizational capacity development. 

Who Should Attend

  • NGO staff who are engaged in capacity development initiatives with their partners
  • Other members in the development community—government partners, funders, and others—who wish to increase their knowledge in this area

What You Will Learn

This workshop is an exploration of the many facets of capacity assessment, and the role it has to play in development programs. You will learn how to:

  • Select and employ specific tools, whether to determine partner readiness to receive a grant or to develop a long-term capacity building plan
  • Customize your own assessment tool, including indicators
  • Develop and facilitate the capacity assessment process, including synthesizing assessment results

1120 20th St NW 
Suite 520S (Building 1)
Washington DC 20036

The nearest Metro stops to the workshop are Farragut North on the Red Line and Farragut West on the Blue/Orange/Silver Lines. Find a map of the DC metro system here.

Participants are responsible for making and paying for their own hotel/lodging arrangements. We have found that usually offers comparable or even lower rates than we are able to negotiate. We recommend attendees look for hotels in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Check out some suggestions for convenient hotels.