Capacity building is the practice of strengthening nonprofits through activities intended to increase the effectiveness and impact of the organization, rather than through development of new programs.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Consumer Voices for Coverage supports consumer health advocacy coalitions in 12 states. The program identified the following six core components of advocacy, and directed funds for capacity building towards each:
- coalition building,
- generating grassroots support,
- analyzing health policy proposals,
- designing and implementing health policy campaigns,
- crafting media and communication strategies,
The evaluation by Mathematica Policy Research found that funding capacity building increased five of the six core advocacy components measured. Fundraising was the least-improved advocacy component, and the authors conclude increasing levels of fundraising may require different strategies.
The authors propose that funders need to address three main elements of organizational capacity: knowledge, infrastructure, and resources. Each requires different types of interventions.
Evaluation of Consumer Voices for Coverage: Strengthening State Advocacy Networks to Expand Health Coverage
- 1 State Policy-Makers' Views on the Role of Consumer Advocates in Health Policy Discussions
- 2 Building State-Level Advocacy Networks
- 3 Building Advocacy Capacity
- 4 Summary of Focus Group Sessions at the 2008 Annual Grantee Meeting
- 5 Leadership Team Member Organizations and Coalition Structures
- 6 State Policymaker Views on the Role of Consumer Advocacy Groups in Health Coverage Policy Development
- 7 Defining, Building, and Measuring Capacity
The What's Next Health series features leading thinkers and visionaries. Stanford social scientist & innovator BJ Fogg discusses his model f...
We create new opportunities for better health by investing in health where it starts—in our homes, schools, and jobs.
Behavioral economists compete in an Innovation Tournament, devising “nudges” to help make people healthier.
As smartphone technology becomes ever more ubiquitous and the dangers of tobacco become ever more apparent, it’s not surprising that there a...
RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Jennifer Bellot writes about losing her grandmother to complications from a medical error.
Helping us understand what’s driving high health care costs is why we need more transparency in the prices, costs and quality of health care...
NewPublicHealth spoke with the Julio Frenk, MD, MPH, PHD, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, about how public health has changed o...
This package of materials details key lessons learned by regional alliances of providers, patients, and payers in AF4Q communities as they w...
This series of issues present key lessons learned by regional alliances of clinicians, patients, and payers in Aligning Forces for Quality c...
List of most current annual reports.
Developing small community homes as alternatives to nursing homes, this radical, new national model for skilled nursing care returns control...
Executive Nurse Fellow Jerry Mansfield explains why the University Hospital and the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital do not have a BSN-only hi...