Understanding Strategic Capacity in Constituency-Based Organizations

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Understanding Strategic Capacity in Constituency-Based Organizations
Movement organizations work in inherently uncertain political environments. Whether an organization is advocating for a new minimum wage, working to close a private prison, or seeking to influence an election, the terrain they are operating on shifts nearly every day. That is increasingly true as political uncertainty rises in the 21st century, particularly for historically race-class subjugated communities. Any movement-based organization seeking to build, exercise, and win political power must have sophisticated strategic capacities to be able to navigate these uncertain, dynamic, and constantly shifting political environments. Yet, our knowledge of how movements can nurture the kind of strategic capacities that allows them to build constituencies and leadership that can operate in the flexible ways needed for these dynamic circumstances is limited. This report seeks to synthesize what is currently known about organizations that successfully build and wield strategic capacity, with a particular eye toward how it might apply to constituency-based organizations. The report concludes with an assessment and facilitated conversation guide to support movements and movement organizations in understanding how developed (or not) their strategic capacities are.
The P3 Lab, Johns Hopkins University
15/12/2021, 14:17
Jane Booth-Tobin, Kal Munis, Lynsy Smithson-Stanley, & Hahrie Han. (2021). Understanding Strategic Capacity in Constituency-Based Organizations. The P3 Lab, Johns Hopkins University. https://www.p3researchlab.org/strategic_capacity_blog