Evaluating the Capacity of Faith-Based Programs in Colorado.
Leake, Robin. Green, Sheridan. Marquez, Christine. Vanderburg, Janine. Guillaume, Sara. Gardner, Veronica A.
Published: March 2007
Research on Social Work Practice
Vol. 17, No. 2 , p. 216-228
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Organizational capacity refers to the ability of nonprofit organizations to fulfill their missions in an effective manner. Through the JVA Consulting Colorado Compassion Initiative, a comprehensive, capacity-building program was developed and provided for faith- and community-based organizations. This study examined faith-based organizations' capacity gains after participating in a targeted capacity-building intervention. A comprehensive tool to assess organizations' levels of capacity was developed specifically for the study. Members of 44 faith-based and 46 community-based organizations across Colorado were interviewed and assessed using the new instrument at baseline and 15-month follow-up. The study demonstrated that targeted technical assistance predicted improvements in organizational capacity. Faith-based organizations showed significant improvements in almost all areas of capacity. In addition, comparisons between faith- and community-based organizations showed few differences in capacity gains. (Author abstract)
capacity building; nonprofit organizations; faith based programs; community programs; community organizations; program evaluation; technical assistance; program development; information technology; Colorado