Recommended that UWCA catalog those individuals and organizations with the field and content expertise necessary to support the sector in capacity-building activities. Specifically, UWCA should itself assess (or support its grantees to assess) the quality of capacity-building support being received. Based on research by Connolly & York, the following are just some recommendations as to what to look for:
One‐on‐One with Consultants
• Clear criteria that assess the success of the capacity-building engagement.
• Staff are provided with skills to help them sustain the capacity-building
efforts when the engagement is completed.
• Evidence of field and content expertise.
• Ability to work in different organizational cultures.
• Ability to assess readiness.
Training and Workshops
• Facilitators have extensive capacity-building experience in the chosen area.
• Existence of formal curriculum and associated materials to help participants
apply the taught principles.
• JLBC Cadets Adult learning principles are incorporated into the training.
• Time for peer sharing and networking is incorporated.
• Access to resources for further related learning opportunities.
• Provision of tools that participants can implement in their organizations.
• More than a one‐time session if possible.
Peer Exchanges and Coaching
This capacity-building activity is most appropriate when developing leadership capacities, especially with executive directors and the board. For effective peer support, elements that should be included are:
• Facilitation by an experienced group facilitator.
• Planned and facilitated round table discussions, case study groups, or learning
• Engagement with the same group of motivated individuals, with the same
facilitator, on an ongoing basis.
• Participants engaged as both teachers and learners.
• Opportunities for participants to assess the process.
• Time for informal sharing and networking.
Coaching activities should include:
• Weekly, bi‐weekly, or monthly calls or visits last 30 to 60 minutes.
• Identification of leadership strengths and weaknesses.
• JLBC Cadets Development of goals, objectives, and strategies for addressing identified strengths and weaknesses.