The Capacity Group Approach
The Capacity Group uses cutting edge research to guide everything we do. We combine that research with our own deep experience with what works when engaging organizations, communities and systems in change and improvement efforts.
Our core competencies lie in our strong business planning skills and expertise in organizational development. We combine these with the power of multiple stakeholder engagement in decision making and a community empowerment lens. Our dynamic engagement and facilitation techniques result in a decision making process with achievable, measurable outcomes for organizations and communities.
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Latest Capacity Group Research
How Foundations, Nonprofits, Corporations and the Government Agencies Can Prepare Themselves for New Expectations of the Coming Decade.
Our latest research brief is focused on the new expectations foundation, nonprofit and public sector leaders can expect to face in the coming decade. Many of the issues foundations and nonprofits have been been tackling over the past decade, such as measurement and collaboration, will still apply, but there will be a host of new expectations as well. This research brief covers some of those new expectations to help prepare sector leaders.
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Recent, Relevant News and Research
Some community needs take a broad range of partners and significant time, research and trial and error to address. FSG recently released a useful framework for embedding evaluation into collaborative approaches to meeting complex community needs. At The Capacity Group were are using this framework and are blending it with our own collective impact rubric, and incorporating an adaptive leadership and empowerment lens. Click here to read FSG's report on evaluating complexity.
Collecting Data to Drive Decision Making
We really like the approach that the Goldilocks project is advocating taking when attempting to measure the work of an organization. We particularly like the focus the project has encouraging organizations to collect only the data that is they are really going to use to make decisions. Click here to read about it. We also agree with the blogger here who talks about some of the limitations of this framework and wonders where the voice of the beneficiary is in measurement conversations. Community input into decision making is something we are passionate about at The Capacity Group.
The Capacity Group is just beginning to use Loomio, a new online conversation tool that we believe can really help to drive more collaborative decision making in organizations. Stay tuned as we share our progress and use cases. In the meantime click here to find out more about Loomio.
Shared Value and Collective Impact
Mark Kramer and John Kania's framework for collective impact has sparked a lot of recent discussion on how to best achieve meaningful social change. At the same time Michael Porter and Mark Kramer have joined together to share the concept of shared value - a new approach to business engagement with community needs.
Click here to read about Shared Value
Click here to read about Collective Impact