This document lays out the 5 Core Capabilities approach to organisational assessment. In 2011 the Dutch government made it mandatory for NGOs (and trade unions) receiving subsidy to use this framework in reporting about capacity and performance of their partners. This document is the final report of the Capacity, Change and Performance study.
The information provided was supplied by Wouter Rijnevald, Resultante.
This is part of a set of three documents recommended by Wouter Rijnevald for understanding and applying the 5Cs approach to organisational assessment:
- Capacity, Change and Performance: This document lays out the 5 Core Capabilities approach to organisational assessment.
- Bringing the invisible into perspective: A reference document for using the 5Cs framework to plan, monitor and evaluate capacity and results of capacity development processes.
- Action learning on assessing organisational capacities: PSO thematic learning programme on OA: This action learning document reports on experiences of attempts to operationalise the framework.
Authors and their affiliation
Baser, H. and P. Morgan, ECDPM
Year of publication
Type of resource
This is a major discussion paper that proposes the 5 core capabilities approach to organisational assessment. The study’s purpose was to find out what it was that made successful organisations be successful and ended up with these five core capabilities. (More information about this study)
This approach has become influential in the Dutch international development scene as use of it was made mandatory for those receiving subsidies from the Dutch government.
Who is this resource useful for?
- Those involved in evaluation capacity strengthening;
How have you used or intend on using this resource?
I have used this approach a lot, developing it into practical instruments that help organisations reflect on who they are and where they could further develop. This approach moves away from objective, tick box issues to underlying capabilities. This openness to deeper reflections has been particularly useful for organisations that have previously used other approaches to organisational assessment.
Why would you recommend it to other people?
If you need to reflect on underlying capabilities, not just issues on the outside, this approach could be very useful.
Baser, H. and Morgan, P. (2008) Capacity, Change and Performance Study Report. (ECDPM Discussion Paper 59B). Maastricht: ECDPM. Retrieved from: http://ecdpm.org/publications/capacity-change-performance-study-report/