Should community change efforts be focused on funding coalitions or funding a flexible group of community leaders? The Kansas Health Foundation has embraced a four-pronged community change model that targets community leaders as key agents of change within each of their funded communities. Innovation Network, the evaluation partner for the Kansas Health Foundation's Healthy Communities Initiative, developed and deployed an assessment tool designed to contribute to the assessment of leadership capacity in effecting community change.
In this presentation at the American Evaluation Association's annual conference in Washington, D.C., Kat Athanasaides and Veena Pankaj (Innovation Network) and Deanna Van Hersh (The Kansas Health Foundation) shared lessons learned about developing and deploying a capacity assessment tool. They also discussed what these tools can -- and cannot -- tell you about a coalition's capacity in conducting community change work.