National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), a national advocacy organization, was founded in 1999 to address the housing, community and economic development needs of diverse and growing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. National CAPACD works specifically to strengthen the capacity of community-based organizations serving AAPI neighborhoods. Its member-based network includes more than 100 community-based organizations and individuals, in 17 states, including community development corporations, preservation agencies, community-based social service providers, advocacy agencies, as well as national intermediaries and financial institutions.
Scope of Work
Alembic Community Development completed an evaluation of National CAPACD’s AAPI Communities Taking Initiative in Our Neighborhoods! Technical Assistance Initiative (ACTION TA) in its pilot program phase, from 2005 to 2007. ACTION TA’s purpose is to build the organizational and program capacity of community organizations through peer-to-peer, culturally competent technical assistance. As a pilot program, the ACTION TA program provided funding and assistance to organizations working in six locations: Boston, Chicago, the Gulf Coast, Hawaii, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Alembic Community Development designed a multi-faceted evaluation process that assessed baseline and post-engagement organizational conditions through targeted interviews, site visits, an online survey, a review of literature on capacity building, and organizational documentation. Alembic Community Development presented its findings and recommendations in a final evaluation report completed in May 2007.
Alembic Community Development worked with National CAPACD to assess the ACTION TA program at an important juncture for both the program and the organization. The evaluation provided valuable information to National CAPACD and its funder regarding the success of the peer-to-peer technical assistance model, and ultimately, the impact that the pilot program was having on the participating organizations. Moreover, the report provided National CAPACD with recommendations for transitioning into its new-found role as a grants program administrator, in addition to its original role as a member advocacy organization.
The ACTION TA program just completed its sixth year and is currently seeking proposals for its next program year. To date, National CAPACD has funded more than ten technical assistance engagements. The ongoing success of the program attests to National CAPACAD’s ability to attract and retain funding, even in these difficult times, by administrating a much-needed and effective technical assistance program. In addition, the ACTION TA program has strengthened the organizational and program capacities of both TA recipient and provider organizations.