Capacity Building is the process of increasing the willingness and ability of your community to engage in prevention efforts. The best place to start with capacity building is to assess your community's readiness for change as well as assess your coalition's effectiveness. Information from these assessments can help guide your strategies and efforts.
Dimensions of Community Readiness: Dimensions of readiness are key factors that influence your community's preparedness to take action on an issue. The dimensions identified and measured in the Community Readiness Model are very comprehensive in nature. They are an excellent tool for diagnosing your community's needs and for developing strategies that meet those needs.
The Coalition Assessment was designed to assess key factors that influence your coalition’s success. The tool includes the following dimensions: coalition context, coalition structure, coalition membership, coalition process, and coalition results. The Quality Process Survey was designed to assess the overall quality of communities’ collaborative process. "Process" refers to how a group of people are working together to achieve goals and to address issues. Four critical aspects of collaboration are: a focus, inclusivity, a constructive process, and the presence of strong facilitative leaders. It is important to remember that collaboration is more than just a tool. When collaboration works, it reproduces and builds the characteristics of civic community, allowing communities to deal with future issues in constructive ways.