Capacity-building needs of minority health nonprofits
Yung, B.; Leahy, P.; Deason, L.M.; Fischer, R.L.; Perkins, F.; Clasen, C.; Sharma, M.
Evaluation and Program Planning 31(4): 382-391
ISSN/ISBN: 1873-7870 PMID: 18845338 DOI: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2008.08.001
This article reports on the results of a statewide assessment of the capacity-building needs of organizations that provide health services to ethnic minority groups in Ohio. The research addressed gaps in knowledge about the specific needs of these organizations for improved effectiveness and long-term sustainability. A telephone survey of 659 organizations, supplemented by focus groups with 37 participants in the state's largest cities, indicated substantial need and interest in capacity-building technical assistance in areas such as revenue-generating activities, marketing and public relations, information technology training, program evaluation, and board leadership development. The limited ability of these organizations to pay for the needed assistance creates challenges for planning approaches to meet these vital needs.