Capacity building

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Capacity building describes "strategies implemented to build knowledge and skills, often in the context of welcoming new people to a project, campaign, or movement; efforts to sustain and strengthen engagement through care work, opportunities to upskill, and community-based learning." -Michelle Xie [1]

Examples of capacity building

  • An ongoing buddy system that pairs new members with older ones to pass skills/knowledge
  • Skill up/training opportunities
  • Scheduled time off, social events for the team, member check-ins
  • Community outreach

See our list of reasons groups might struggle with low capacity here. You can find more tips relevant to capacity building in our guide to navigating turnover.

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