CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT and CAPACITY ASSESSMENT. Meeting of the Working Group on Institutional Capacity Identifying Institutional Capacity Needs March 21 - 22, 2013 CEF, Cankarjeva 8 , Ljubljana, Slovenia. Capacity Development Team UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre. Albert Soer
Meeting of the Working Group on Institutional Capacity
Identifying Institutional Capacity Needs
March 21 - 22, 2013
CEF, Cankarjeva 8, Ljubljana, Slovenia
UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre
CD Practice Leader
Robert (Bob) Bernardo
CD Policy Specialist
Morning – sessions 1 and 2: Capacity Development & Needs Assessment
Historic Roots and Present Debate
CD - UNDP’s approach
Afternoon – sessions 3 and 4:
Capacity Assessment in the region – working groups
Introduction to a methodological approach
Trainings, exposure trips = Capacity Development ??
Equipment, Facilities, Structures = Capacity Development ??
Consolidated summary, but with a focus on the UNDP Approach
See handout for overview
Capacity development is more than just a theoretical concept. It is the way in which UNDP provides added value to its partners.
Capacity: the ability of individuals, institutions, and societies to perform functions, solve problems, and set and achieve objectives in a sustainable manner.
Capacity Development: the process through which the abilities to do so are obtained, strengthened, adapted and maintained over time.
Capacity Assessment: An analysis of current capacities against desired future capacities; this assessment generates an understanding of capacity assets and needs which in turn leads to the formulation of capacity development strategies.
Capacity Development is a structured approach
Change in Lives
Healthy, educated, employed, empowered people / communities
It has a systemic entry
Changes in behaviors, norms
People and communities are using the services and changing their behavior or norms, etc.
Institution or systems are performing more effectively and efficiently,
(in delivering basic services, etc.)
in a more consistent and resilient manner
Better functioning systems, structures, mechanisms, processes etc.
in one or more areas:
institutional arrangements; leadership; knowledge management;
Capacity Development Processes
Engagement, change management, stakeholder involvement,
capacity assessments, capacity development strategies and change processes
What is the development challenge or concern that is being addressed?
Which functions are going to improve?
The Capacity Assessment Methodology
Consolidated summary of mainstream CA approaches focusing on UNDP approach
An analysis of current capacities against desired future capacities; this assessment generates an understanding of capacity assets and needs which in turn leads to the formulation of capacity development strategies
Is fundamentally a SELF ASSESSMENT. Staff in an organization rates its own capacities and skills, identifies the priorities, validates the results etc. Self Assessment has proven to be the most effective manner
“Do we really need a ‘full’ capacity assessment?”
Engage the partners / clarify expectations
Prepare yourself – document review
Zoom in on the priorities (entry points)
Design the analytical process
Design the workplan, agree and implement
Analyze and agree on the results
Discuss the follow-up – prepare design of CD response
Each agency may have its own approach,
these are the generic steps
(aka CA Framework)
SECTION 1: Institutional Arrangement
SECTION 2: Human Resources Management
See your hand-outs for examples of questionnaire
#1 Take the
#2 Collective Self-
#3 Individual Self-
Step 7: Discuss the follow up – prepare design of CD response (1/2)
Work Life Balance Policy
The WB Government Effectiveness Index
the CD Scoping Matrix… what and whose capacities matter to address issues and improve performance