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What is Capacity Building?

Capacity building is a process of maximizing the capabilities of individuals, groups, institutions, organizations, and communities so they can produce sustainable outcomes through innovative and culturally relevant programming that responds to the evolving needs of their constituents. 

What programs and services does NCTSTA offer?

NCTSTA offers the following CBA programs. Each program has specific eligibility guidelines and areas of specialization.

  1. Capacity Building Assistance for Agency Infrastructure Development Services and Evidence-Based Interventions (CBA for AIDS and EBIs).  Through support from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this program offers services in the areas of Organizational Infrastructure and Program Sustainability (OIPS), Evidence Based Intervention (EBIs), and Public Health Strategies to organizations providing HIV prevention services.
  2. Embracing People in Communities (EPIC).  The EPIC Program receives funding through the NJ Department of Human Services - Division of Addiction Services (DAS) and offers its services to initiate, expand, and enhance an organization’s capacity to provide addiction prevention services to multicultural and linguistically diverse communities throughout NJ.
  3. Customized Capacity Development Services.  Under this program, CBA services are offered on a fee-for-service basis to individuals, community based organizations, health departments, governmental organizations, academic institutions, and other entities across a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to youth and family services, substance abuse prevention, education, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and mental health services. 

Through tailored services, NCTSTA offers group-level trainings for staff and management, organizational assessments, web-based courses, on-site staff instruction, self-paced distance learning, peer mentoring, curriculum development, team building, and much more. NCTSTA can help your organization determine which CBA services will address your prioritized needs.

How does an organization access CBA?

Capacity building assistance is usually requested by the organization needing the specified services. NCTSTA responds to all inquiries for capacity building assistance and will instruct organizations on how to submit formal requests to the program for which they are eligible to receive services.

Organizations seeking capacity building assistance through NCTSTA's CBA for AIDS Program must submit a CBA request through CDC's web-based system at For assistance in submitting a CDC CBA request, please contact one of our Capacity Building Coordinators.

Who is eligible for CBA services? Is there a fee for capacity building services?

Organizations meeting our program eligibility requirements can receive services, free of cost .

  • Eligibility requirements for the CBA for AIDS and EBIs Program:
    NCTSTA provides individualized technical assistance and group level training to organizations providing HIV prevention services that are CDC directly/indirectly funded, Department of Health funded, privately funded, and funded by other governmental agencies. Stakeholder organizations and organizations funded by governmental agencies other than CDC must contact their State Department of Health (DOH), HIV Prevention Program Division and request that the DOH submit a capacity building request on the ageny's behalf. CBA services rendered to eligible organizations are provided to program staff, management staff, board members and volunteers.
  • Eligibility requirements for the EPIC program:
    DAS-funded agencies that provide addiction prevention services in New Jersey can access EPIC's program offerings related to assuring culturally and linguistically appropriate practices, programming, and organizational infrastructure. Organizations who are eligible to receive training and technical assistance (T/TA) services must be recipients of DAS' prevention block and/or strategic prevention framework (SPF) funding.
  • In addition, NCTSTA offers Fee-for-Service programming. NCTSTA can provide customized capacity building assistance in any area of organizational development and program sustainability to entities that do not qualify to participate in the programs listed above. Services are rendered based on a sliding scale. To learn more about our Fee-for-Service offerings, contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our Capacity Building Coordinators.

How long does it take to complete a CBA request?

NCTSTA strives to complete all CBA request in an efficient yet comprehensive manner. Most CBA requests are completed within 1 – 3 months depending on the type of CBA request. For example, a group level training can be planned and executed in 6 weeks whereas an organizational strategic plan may take up to 3 months to complete.

How are capacity building services delivered?

The NCTSTA CBA service delivery model reflects a flexible learning approach, which  recognizes that adults learn in different ways and that learning needs and learning mechanisms change.

As such, our capacity building services are offered via multiple mechanisms to accommodate the need of our constituents.  Flexible learning includes face-to-face instruction and consultation, web-based learning, teleconferences, field practice, and peer mentoring.  Our trainings can range anywhere from two-hours for a staff in-service or webinar to a multiple-day institute for learning specific skills.

Who fulfills the CBA request?

Assessment-driven training opportunities and technical assistance are provided by a cadre of adept NCTSTA staff and consultants. During the capacity building process, a Capacity Building Coordinator will "manage" your CBA request to ensure that you have a point person at all times. Even when external consultants and subject matter experts are used to fulfill a CBA request, NCTSTA staff remain involved in the delivery of services until the CBA work is complete.

What is the difference between training and technical assistance?

Training usually occurs in a group setting. As such, the learner engages in a participant-centered, skills-building, and interactive learning environment. In contrast, Technical Assistance (TA) is intensive, individualized support provided to an organization over multiple episodes based on their specific need(s). NCTSTA also offers blended learning opportunities through its distance learning trainings, webinars, and conference call briefings. NCTSTA's blended learning opportunities involve a combination of face-to-face instruction with web-based learning opportunities. In a blended learning program, participants may begin the training program by attending a regional face-to-face training and continue the program through its completion by meeting remotely for additional web-based sessions.

What types of training and technical assistance do you offer?

We offer a range of trainings within the areas of organizational development and management and program development. Most of the trainings can be adapted and customized to suit individual agency requirements. Please see the list below for a quick overview of some of our most requested areas.

Organizational Development & Management Areas:

  • Board and Consumber Advisory Board Development
  • Budgeting Basics
  • Continuous Quality Improvement 
  • Fiscal Management, Policies, and Procedures
  • Grant Writing
  • Human Resource Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Standards for Culturally Competent Organizations
  • Sustainability Planning
  • Technology Development
  • Workforce Development

Program Development Areas:

  • Adaptation of Prevention and Treatment Interventions
  • Community Mapping and Needs Assessment
  • Curriculum Development
  • Group Facilitation
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Operationalizing the Grant
  • Process and Outcomes Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Program Planning and Development
  • Recruitment Strategies (online and in-person strategies)

How long are the trainings?

The length of the trainings varies and depends on the type of training, organization’s specific needs, and training topic. Trainings are customized and intended to serve the learning objectives of the organization. Our trainings can range anywhere from two-hours for a staff in-service or webinar, to a multiple-day institute for learning specific skills.