Self-Assessing Organisational Capacity in Zambia

Self-Assessing Organisational Capacity in Zambia

The Organisational Capacity Self-Assessment (OCSA) tool and the Policy Influencing Capacity Self-Assessment (PICSA) tool is used to help understand your organisation: what it is currently good at, where it could become stronger, and what it wants to take action on

The tool has four parts:

  1. Part A: The OCSA Matrix, which help you think about your organisation’s current levels of capacity as it relates to its non-programmatic work.
  2. Part B: The PICSA Matrix, which helps you think about your organisation’s Policy Influencing capacity
  3. Part C: The Capacity Development Action Plan
  4. Part D: The Calculation Sheet, so that you can see which of your capacity dimensions is most in need of support

To see the self-assessment, please visit here

and download the Calculation Sheet here

A strong vision can bring people together. To deliver results, that vision needs to be turned into reality. Successful organisations are those that take the time and resources to build their organisation and to make their programmes strong, effective and efficient. It is used to help organizations undertake a self-assessment to determine their ability or capacity to undertake a project as well as help the granting organization make a decision as to whether to make the grant or not.

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The Zambia Governance Foundation (ZGF) has developed a number of practical toolkits that promotes organisational development of CSOs and increases civil society’s participation in decision and policy making at the local and national levels.

Check out their gender mainstreaming toolkit for Zambian organisations here

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