Measure It

Before we start sharing indicators for measuring the impact of capacity building, first some food for thought by Small World News on the ‘challenges’ of measuring impact of capacity building efforts.

Small World News is a Video for Change and journalism training organisation. When thinking about measuring capacity building, founders Brian and Steve note that the requirements of funders often don’t match their interests in measuring skill development and demonstration. 

Funders metrics or requirements can focus on the number of people trained, which sometimes overshadows the question of how well trainees actually learned skills. This commonly leads to trainings that don’t include enough face-to-face or ongoing engagement to find out if people are learning and able to practice skills. Brain and Steve are “hoping to find measurements that we can put alongside those that will be more effective or a little clearer.”


Indicators for Capacity-building Impact

Indicators are a way for you to measure your impact, and to know if you have met your objectives. The sample indicators below are based on the Video for Change Values and Methods.  

Documenting these indicators as they happen during your capacity building efforts will make it easier for you to measure your impact. Example indicators include:


Clear rationale indicators:

  • understanding and comprehension of the goals of the training or event by both the team and participants
  • active participation among participants in building the agenda for the workshop or the event, and contributing to the rationale of the capacity building itself.


Power analysis indicators:

  • diverse representation from within communities or organisations in the location
  • active and shared participation among participants representing different roles within the community or organisations
  • gender balance in attendance and involvement
  • active participation of the participants in the design of the workshop.


Participation and inclusion indicators:

  • strong representation and participation of women
  • participation of under-represented communities and sectors 
  • consideration of geographic diversity of participants – i.e rich versus poorer locations.


Accountability and transparency indicators:

  • trainers and organisers incorporate feedback from the participants
  • spaces and opportunities are created for feedback on the event from the participants and this is actively sought.
  • active involvement from participants in the event design.
  • participants are given enough time to provide feedback on the event or workshops.


Risk Mitigation Indicators:

  1. being aware of and understanding risk in the different contexts of the participants
  2. comprehension of mitigation strategies among participants
  3. understanding of the value and application of informed consent
  4. comprehension of secure film-making strategies.