Capacity development of individuals and organisations is integral to how development policy interventions take shape on the ground. Strategic interventions in capacity development (CD) efforts will help development sector organisations, social enterprises, and NGOs maximise their investments and deliver the best outcomes. Further, institutionalising key learnings from the design and implementation of various CD projects will create repositories for future reference and learning.


How do we …

  • Know what kind of capacity development is needed?
  • Identify whose capacity needs to be built, and ensure training is effective?
  • Adapt adult learning strategies to support our training needs?
  • Plot learning journeys across multiple learning areas and connect them to development outcomes?
  • Develop teaching/ learning cases specially suited for capacity development?
  • Measure if the desired/ planned impact is being achieved and if/ what course correction is needed to deliver the planned outcomes?

The IIHS Capacity Development Suite is a set of two live online courses that will enable learners to deepen skill sets, broaden understanding, and expand professional networks in the field of capacity development.


1. CD Measures: Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and Impact Assessment

This course will enable participants to:

  • Design and Conduct TNAs – identify gaps between existing and desired learning levels of individuals and organisations
  • Plan and undertake Impact Assessment studies


2. CD Methods: Applied Adult-Learning Theories and Case Development

This course will enable participants to:

  • Understand and adapt adult-learning strategies and methods to design and deliver effective training sessions
  • Map the types of learning required – knowledge, skills and values / competencies – to expected outcomes
  • Learn how to frame and develop teaching/ learning cases for capacity development


Interested applicants can sign up for either or both courses based on their learning requirements. The two courses are independent of each other.

Programme Structure

Anchored by the IIHS Urban Practitioners’ Programme, the courses in this suite will be taught by CD practitioners with a breadth of experience across sectors, audiences and programme outcomes. Teaching/ learning will happen online through a combination of classroom sessions, learning exercises and interactive discussions. Participants will have ample opportunity to reflect upon and share their experiences, and synthesise their learnings through discussions with their peers and faculty.



The courses will be taught by IIHS and external faculty, including industry practitioners and experts.


Key Differentiators

  • Extensive use of IIHS’ training and capacity development experience and network
  • Multiple faculty to enable diverse perspectives
  • Concepts, discussions, examples, and methods rooted in the Indian urban context
  • Hands-on activities to enable immediate application
  • Opportunity to think and reflect on learnings from own practice


Who this is for

  • Capacity development practitioners and trainers with more than two years of experience
  • Sectoral experts who want to develop an understanding of capacity development and design or deliver CD programmes in their own domains
  • Programme managers in the development sector and social enterprises who want to train others and/or run medium to large scale training interventions
  • Researchers and PhD scholars working in the field of capacity building and institutional development
CD Measures: Training Needs Analysis and Impact AssessmentDay 1 – Friday, 8 December 2023 | 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Day 2 – Saturday, 9 December 2023 | 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Day 3 – Friday, 15 December 2023 | 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Day 4 – Saturday, 16 December 2023 | 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
CD Methods: Applied Adult-Learning Theories and Case DevelopmentDay 1 – Thursday, 11 January 2024 | 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Day 2 – Friday, 12 January 2024 | 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Day 3 – Friday, 19 January 2024 | 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Day 4 – Saturday,  20 January 2024 | 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
  • Format: Online
  • Dates: December 2023 – January 2024
  • Fees: Rs 7500 + 18% GST; 10% discount upon enrollment to both courses
  • Maximum cohort size for each course: 30
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