Capacity Building: We know it, we’ve done it, but does it actually work? Methods for assessing capacity building in global health programs.
Capacity Building is essential to ensuring long-term, sustainable results of programming. For this reason, Global Health programs often involve trainings, training of trainers, workshops or some other form of capacity building. However, how often does a project, or donor take the time to assess, not just whether participants found the training useful or gained some skills, but whether these capacity building efforts have an impact on actual performance of the participants and the system? How often do people spend the resources to go beyond the initial feedback and investigate if and how people are actually applying what they learned on the job? As we continue to move towards an era where accountability and transparency is not just for outputs, but also for outcomes, this session will focus on methods and approaches EnCompass uses to evaluate capacity building in a variety of health and gender programs. Using and modifying Kirkpatrick’s levels of evaluation (1-4), we will discuss how we have used these approaches to assess training at an individual and organizational level. Further, we will highlight successes and challenges in these approaches and, how this information has been used to allow projects and donors to advocate for more funding and better programming.