Building Capacity to Create Community Change (BC4): A Model to Support Successful Program Planning and Implementation

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Community-based interventions (CBIs) are increasingly used to address health problems and are usually implemented by organizations outside and/or inside the community. CBIs are complex and organizations need to have, or be able to build the capacity needed to implement CBIs effectively. The importance of organizational capacity building is well established in the literature, but less attention is focused on how to build capacity, particularly for prevention-focused and mental health CBIs. As part of the longitudinal process evaluation of a national initiative to promote the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys in the United States, this study developed a capacity-building model to identify areas and associated factors that were integral to grantee organizations’ ability to build capacity to create change in their communities. The findings identified five domains used to comprise the Building Capacity to Create Community Change model, which contributed to organizational capacity building and as a result, implementation progress: Administrative Support, Leadership, Vision and Mission, Partnership Development, and Community Engagement. Strength in each domain increased grantees’ capacity to impact the lives of participants and progress towards the goal of creating community change.

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Evaluation and Program Planning, v. 97, art. 102225