Organizational or internal capacity development intends to help the organization maintain its viability and improve its operational performance. Organizational capacity refers to the staff component and the resources possessed by the organization as well as its structure, management processes, systems, and linkages with other organizations. PRA helps organizations develop their ability to assess needs, formulate action plans, mobilize the necessary resources, implement development activities, and then evaluate the results.
Our process recognizes that organizations go through progressive stages of development. Organizations gradually develop their capacities through a process of experiential learning and reflection. PRA uses guided self-assessment to help organizations identify their current stage of development and identify the actions required to evolve to higher levels. The organizational self-assessment process helps our clients to:
- Diagnose and prioritize their organizational strengths and weaknesses;
- Develop appropriate indicators for continuing to measure these capacities; and
- Identify concrete actions that will help the organization to mature.
The ultimate measure of capacity development is the appropriate use of evaluation. PRA works with each client to review existing capabilities and to identify areas that require strengthening. This includes working with managers to monitor activities and evaluate results in order to adjust, redirect, and improve the effectiveness of the organization.