Step 5: Capacities

Step 5
of the GTO framework is to assess whether your organization has the capacity to implement the programs you are considering from Step 3. Capacity refers to the different types of resources required to implement and sustain an intervention. This includes: human, technical, fiscal, and structural capacities.

The resources below may help you assess your organization’s capacity to implement an intervention. 


 Determining Your Current Capacity

  • A Brief Review of 20 Tools to Assess Capacity: The United Nations Development Programme created this catalog of tools that organizations can use to assess their institution’s financial, organizational, and structural capacity to implement change. Many tools have an international development focus.

  • Tool: Capacity Assessment Tool: This is an example of a completed GTO-based capacity assessment. The Fayetteville Youth Network used this tool to assess their organizational capacity to implement an adolescent sexual health intervention.


 Increasing Your Capacity: FUNDING OPPORTUNITIE

  • IMAPP Grant Opportunities and Resources: The funding section of the IMAPP links to current grant opportunities with upcoming deadlines, current grant opportunities with rolling deadlines, and grant writing tips and resources. 


 Increasing Your Capacity: STAFF TRAINING (Specific to N.C.)

  • EBS 101 Training is a blended learning experience with a 2‐day face‐to‐face workshop combined with 3 required webinars and one optional webinar. This curriculum is designed to build a toolbox for doing evidence‐based practice in public health and empower participants to drive positive change in population health. Population Health Improvement Partners offers the training annually. For more information, please contact Joanne Rinker at 

  • Quality Improvement 101 Training is an interactive learning program for local health departments interested in improving the quality of the services they provide. Participants learn about QI methods and tools and apply what they are learning to specific local projects.

 Increasing Your Capacity: STAFF TRAINING (National)

  • CQI for Public Health: The Fundamentals by Ohio State University (OSU) is a self-study, 3-module course to provide public health professionals with an overview of the fundamental principles behind quality improvement. The course is free, but registration is required.

  • CQI for Public Health: Tool Time: This module builds upon OSU’s introductory QI course to educate public health professionals about commonly used tools for continuous quality improvement (including data tools, decision making tools, and tools like QI storyboards). This course is also free with registration.



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