Implementing a Statewide Capacity Building Program
facilitated by Misty Avila from Aspiration
Background & Intro
Misty manages capacity building program at Aspiration; help small NPOs in CA. Refer people to resources or create them. Focus on rural areas.
"Anyone here for different reason?"
- Needs assessment
- Finding like minded people to network with
- In depth interactions
- Opportunity to trade tips: trust that sharing will be respected
- Everyone has ownership, givers and takers; holistic approach to learning and sharing
- Fundraising, development angle
- OpenOakland example of forgetting to involve community.
What is Capacity Building?
- Everyone has a different take on what capacity building means.
- What are your needs right now? i.e., not about technology per se.
- Need to listen to what the problems are, rather than deliver same package each time.
- What is capacity building? (see flip chart)
- Facilitating learning, not prescriptive.
- Focus on goal, not technology.
Capacity Building Models
- Model - is it missionary or group therapy?
- Circuit riders was based on missionary model, evangelizing technology.
- Riders were part of community, trust and freely shared, but didn't scale.
- Essentially community organizing, building relationships.
- Not parachute in (eg with training).
- Coaching and confidence building.
- Sustainable skills.
- Differences in design, long or short term, formal or informal.
- Hearing from npos who have received capacity building from Aspiration: rather than "we need to be on social media", thinking about needs, goals and planning; developing a communications strategy.
- Long process, investment.
What do you report to the funder?
- Case study.
- Web analytics.
- Tracking network development, such as the toolkit that Greenlining created and shared with their npo network.
- Example of evaluation strategies, developmental or formative.