STEP 2: Capacity Building

Capacity building involves improving your group’s ability to prevent and/or reduce substance misuse and abuse in your community. Capacity includes all the human, technical, organizational, and financial resources you will need in order to implement and evaluate your intervention in a culturally competent and sustainable way. Your capacity affects how (and how effectively) your group goes about every aspect of its work.

Key components of capacity building include the following:31

  • Increasing the availability of fiscal, human, organizational, and other resources
  • Raising awareness of the substance misuse and abuse problem and the readiness of stakeholders to address this issue
  • Developing or strengthening relationships with partners and/or identifying new opportunities for collaboration