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Capacity Assessment Practice Note
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UNDP has developed a framework for conducting capacity assessments that is systematic and rigorous, yet flexible and adaptable to different contexts and needs. It does not offer a blueprint, but serves as a point of departure for a capacity assessment. The UNDP Capacity Assessment Methodology consists of three components – the UNDP Capacity Assessment Framework, a process and supporting tools. This practice note introduces the first two components. It discusses the dimensions of the UNDP Capacity Assessment Framework and provides process guidelines for managing an assessment, from mobilizing stakeholders to designing the assessment approach to conducting the assessment, and analyzing and interpreting its results. It also discusses how these results lead to the formulation of a capacity development response. Additional guidance on the process and supporting tools can be found in the UNDP Capacity Assessment Methodology User’s Guide.
Section I of this practice note introduces key concepts in capacity assessment. Section II discusses when to conduct an assessment and why, and provides a detailed description of the dimensions of the UNDP Capacity Assessment Framework. Section III presents a discussion of the capacity assessment process, followed in Section IV by a discussion on how to formulate a capacity development response. Section V offers guidance on how to use and manage capacity assessments successfully. The Annex includes a guide to resources consulted.