Network capacity analysis - rapid assessment guide: a toolkit for assessing and building capacities for high quality responses to HIV

Network capacity analysis - rapid assessment guide: a toolkit for assessing and building capacities for high quality responses to HIV

A rapid assessment tool for networks addressing HIV

Civil society networks play a vital role in supporting and developing key services required to respond to the HIV epidemic. Those networks that represent communities key to the dynamics of HIV transmission are particularly important, specifically in their involvement in decision making and programming around HIV. It is anticipated that these toolkits will be of particular use to these networks of key populations. The aim of this toolkit is to build the skills required by civil society networks to develop and strengthen their capacity. It can be used by networks to help identify their capacity building needs, plan technical support interventions, and monitor and evaluate the impact of capacity building.

Two toolkits have been developed in order to respond to different needs and to respond to different situations: a rapid assessment guide, and a workshop facilitation guide (see Further Information on the right hand side). They provide a structured approach to generating both quantitative and qualitative information about the situation of the organisation at the time of analysis. The resulting outcomes can also be used to track progress when developing capacity

The rapid guide can be used to plan, steer, and collect outcomes of a meeting or teleconference where, due to specific needs or limited resources, the aim is to do a more rapid capacity analysis.

The areas of capacity covered include:

  • Involvement and accountability
  • Leadership
  • Knowledge and skills
  • Internal communication
  • Advocacy and external communication
  • Management and finance
Guidance notes are provided to aid the user through the process.

[Adapted from author]