How to Build Capacity Within your Organisation
Unsure of how to effectively build capacity within your organization? This blog will help you understand the principles of capacity building and give you some ideas on capacity building activities for your business. Read on to find out more!
Posted 18 May 2022
What is capacity building?
In general terms, the main principle of capacity means having the resources necessary to implement your strategy and achieve your overall vision. You can also think of it at an individual level as any activity that aims to increase the skills or knowledge of an individual or group and is a key driver for creating impact.
Engaging in capacity building activities within your organization that help at an individual level build and develop skills of employees is beneficial for not only their personal development but also employee resilience, retention and your business overall. At an organizational level capacity building helps with organizational and functional capabilities and developing your business’ ability to adapt.
For a more in depth look at the definition of Capacity building and why is it important, check out our dedicated blog post.
How to start building capacity
Once you feel that you understand the principles of capacity building, you can then start to think about the ways in which you can build it within your business.
Understand where your business is
Firstly, you have to know where your organization is to know what areas need resources. It’s worth considering which areas are stronger or weaker than others to help you decide.
It can be helpful to work with an external partner on identifying key areas, as they are able to look at your organization objectively and identify potential pain points. This can be then used as a foundation for updating or curating new content and resources.
Document key processes
It is common for organisations to neglect having clear, well documented processes for key areas of their organisation such as product development or pricing.
By taking a detailed look at your key processes and making sure that they are fully documented within your organization, you will be able to support your current capacity and also your long-term sustainability as an organization.
Use technology to its full effect
Learning technology is a great tool to help build capacity at both an individual level and at an organizational level. While it is not a secret that eLearning can be used to help develop new skills, it is also important to consider using technology to sustain learning, which can then achieve a much greater impact.
Additionally, digital capacity building activities, such as learning technologies, can be used to support your decision making around current and future learning and development that your organisation will need. Using this approach will enable you to develop or enhance your strategy for best results.
If you’d like to further explore how using digital learning technology for capacity building activities could work for you, please do get in touch.