While each technical assistance engagement will vary in duration, topic, form, and structure, it should be shaped using the following principles:
Collaborative. Work jointly with the organization’s staff to identify underlying needs and long term goals of the capacity building engagement.
Systematic. Use a systematic approach when providing technical assistance, such as the approach outlined in the previous section.
Targeted. Determine what areas of the organization have the greatest need, and where technical assistance will have the greatest impact. Target your efforts on those areas.
Adaptive. As the technical assistance provider, you must remain adaptive throughout the engagement. Be flexible according to the needs of the beneficiary organization.
Customized. Respond to the unique needs of each beneficiary organization by designing and delivering tailored technical assistance engagements.
Asset-based. Organizations, like people, can more easily build on strengths than develop brand new competencies. Every organization has its own unique pool of resources and relationships from which it can draw. Technical assistance should help the organization identify, engage, and leverage the assets that exist.
Accountable. Create a mutual agreement, such as a Memorandum of Understanding, and draft a work plan that outlines specific actions and responsibilities.
Results-driven. Identify measures that indicate improvements in management practices or organizational performance, and track those measures to prove that the TA had real, measurable results.
The tools in this lesson will assist you with the process of developing a system for TA provision and appropriately managing change within a beneficiary organization.