Fundamentals of Strategic Advising in Reform Environments

Step 6 of 10: Lesson Three - Assessing Existing Capacity and Identifying Gaps
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  •  Assume that a certain amount of capacity exists. Do not just disregard a system because it is not functioning properly.    
  • Try to understand a situation by asking questions to local actors. Ask facilitation questions, encourage the counterpart to speak more than the person asking questions; Ask for data, not analysis. Refrain from suggestive and judgemental questions;  
  • In order to identify gaps, it is important to identify the tasks that are necessary for a proper functioning of a process; and identify the specific knowledge and skills necessary to reach the desired effect.
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