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Capacity Capacity is the power of a person, system or government to perform or produce. It is the ability of individuals or government units such as departments, to perform functions successfully
Capacity Assessment

Capacity assessment is a process to determine the existing capability of a position or government and its ability to perform key functions and to deliver expected outcomes. The findings of a capacity assessment process can be the foundation for any of the following:

To inform future planning:

  • Strategic plan
  • Budget plan
  • Work plan

To identify requirements for departmental realignment (to meet goals and objectives of a strategic plan), operations, improvements or areas of strength:

  • Employee
  • Skills
  • Departmental knowledge

To plan for future changes:

  • Transition
  • Succession planning
  • Reorganization
  • Project planning
  • Enhance employee training
  • Educational
  • Partnerships (First Nation government, Yukon College, Government of Yukon, etc.)

A capacity assessment may be undertaken as a structured approach to shifting or transitioning of individuals, teams, and governments.

It could be a governmental process aimed at empowering employees to accept and embrace changes in their current work environment or determine if a department has the capacity to successfully take on new programs or projects.

Facilitator A facilitator is someone who helps a group of people understand their common objectives and assists them to plan to achieve them without taking a particular position in the discussion. This individual should have the skills and attitude to draw out views from a broad range of participants.
Governance Governance is the act of governing. It relates to decisions that define expectations, authorize power, or verify performance. It consists of either a separate process or is part of a leadership or a management process. These processes and systems are typically administered by a government. To distinguish the term governance from government; "governance" is what a "government" does.
Governance Structures

Governance structures are the tools that the government uses to organize itself and can include the following:

  • Political bodies (e.g. an elected assembly or a council of elders)
  • Administrative structures or arrangements (e.g. the executive branch of the government)
  • Organizations that provide programs or services or manage community businesses
  • Community groups that influence decision making and the development of policy
Participants Individuals, who are identified, interviewed and who have information about the capacity of the department. These are the individuals taking part in the capacity assessment.
Strategic Planning Strategic planning is a government's process of determining its direction and finding the best approach to achieve this goal.