The Influencing Capacity Assessment Guide has been developed as part of Oxfam in the Pacific’s Raising Pacific Voices (RPV) project. The RPV project focuses, in part, on strengthening national level civil society organisation’s institutional and influencing capacity. ‘Influencing’ refers to the intentional efforts to affect policies, laws and regulations (and their implementation), budgets, company or governing practices, attitudes and beliefs to promote social justice.

This tool is for any organisation that is interested in affecting change. This assessment can be used as part of an organisational, project or programme strategic planning process. Participants can include organisational management, including Board members, staff and project staff, and volunteers who represent the organisation. The ICA Guide can be used for alliances of several organisations or networks that want to pursue a collaborative influencing initiative. In this case, participants should include representatives of the organisations in the alliance.