Understanding the OCAT

Using the OCAT involves five main steps.
1
Prepare
Prepare to take the tool by determining who should take the survey and the timeline for completion, and then register your organization online.
2
Complete
Complete the tool. This involves rating your organization on a scale from "Clear need for increased capacity" to "High level of capacity" on a set of questions which cover 11 fundamental capacity areas.
3
Reflect
Reflect on the results of the survey which will be synthesized to highlight the organization's strengths and potential weaknesses as well as areas of least consensus. Read supporting materials that may help your understanding.
4
Debrief
Conduct a debrief discussion among the employees and organization leadership who completed the tool. This enables your organization to understand current capacity levels and decide on areas to prioritize for capacity building.
5
Act
Act on your results by designing and executing goals and initiatives to build on strengths and achieve improvement in prioritized areas.