Capacity Assessments

One of the Tanzania Capacity and Communication Project’s (TCCP) main objectives was to measurably transfer social and behavior change communication (SBCC) skills to Tanzanian individuals and institutions. To achieve this, TCCP partnered with organizations and institutions that play a key role in SBCC at a national level to build their capacity.

These partners included development organizations, academic institutions, media outlets, and others. TCCP worked with them to conduct individual capacity assessments, focusing on determining their capacity related to the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of SBCC programs and activities.

After conducting capacity assessments, TCCP worked collaboratively with each partner to develop individualized institutional capacity strengthening plans. These plans included opportunities for select individuals to attend training and/or to have seminars delivered to the organization. They also included  activities specific to particular partners, developed as unique opportunities presented themselves. For example, through its capacity assessment, Femina Hip was identified as a “pre-test partner” under the USAID-globally funded Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) project. By liaising with TCCP and HC3, Femina Hip had access to state-of-the-art tools and resources to work on filling their self-identified capacity gaps uncovered during their capacity assessment.

Most partners also received a follow-up capacity assessment after one year. These assessments examined the progress made during the past year to address the capacity gaps and weaknesses uncovered during the first assessments. 

Impact

Of the five institutions that received follow-up assessments, they had increased their self-reported capacity from an average of 70% to an average of 85%.

TCCP also left behind capacity assessment tools tailored to the Tanzanian SBCC context for future use.

Participating Organizations

  • Human Development Trust*
  • Primary Health Care Institute – Iringa*
  • Femina Hip*
  • Iringa Development of Youth, Disabled and Children Care (IDYDC)*
  • Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)
  • Tanzania Health Promotion Service (TPHS)
  • Iringa Mercy Organization (IMO)*
  • Restless Development
  • Muhimbili National Hospital

*Those with an asterisk received two capacity assessments, spaced a year apart, to track and assess progress on implementing capacity strengthening plans.