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Capacity is the ability to do something. In this case, that “something” is preventing youth violence.

This section will help you identify your team’s strengths and weaknesses by using the STRYVE Capacity Assessment.

“[Capacity] is having the knowledge and the skills to understand violence prevention.

– Tali, Program Coordinator (Boston)

In this section, you will be able to ask members of your team to take a survey. After the survey is completed, you will receive a report outlining your team’s strengths and potential improvement areas. There are two surveys - one for coalitions and one for local public health departments.

Knowing the gaps in your team’s key capacity areas will highlight what skills, resources, information, and support you may need in order to prevent youth violence in a more comprehensive way.

When you’re ready to get started, take the STRYVE Capacity Assessment.  

Enhancing Your Team’s Capacity

Gain insights from communities on how they used capacity-building to become a stronger team.

Transcript with Audio Descriptor


Once you select your survey through “Create a new assessment,” a link, code, and invitation to complete it will be generated. You can share this information with anyone you’ve selected by copying and pasting it into an email.

You can monitor survey completion progress by logging into the STRYVE Capacity Assessment site and clicking the Assessment Report button in the menu at the top of the page. A grid will show the number of respondents who have started, completed 50 percent, completed 75 percent, or finished the entire survey. This page also provides sample text to use in a follow-up e-mail to respondents reminding them to complete a survey.

Once at least one person has partially completed a survey, you have the option to run an assessment report that summarizes what has been submitted. You can save a version of the report as a Microsoft Word document or as a PDF.

The report provides results related to the following key capacity areas:

• Organizational Structure and Functioning

• Leadership Support

• Prevention Capacity

• Evaluation Capacity

• Data/Tracking Systems and Data Use

• Prevention Partnerships and Community Coordination

• Program Implementation Capacity

• Sustainability

After reviewing the assessment report, prioritize and determine as a team which two or three areas will get your focus. Then, use Planning Tools on the STRYVE Capacity Assessment website to help your team take steps toward increasing those capacity areas.

The next section, Our Community, will show how to focus your efforts by identifying a shared team purpose and specifying the places where you’ll implement your violence prevention strategies. You’ll also learn how to gather and use data to strengthen your efforts.