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As health promotion practitioners, we have been encouraged to implement strategies that embrace a community-building approach for strengthening community health. In this article, we present our experience in piloting a methodology to assess the extent to which community capacity was built in a rural heart health project. We defined community capacity as the degree to which a community (and its agency partners) can develop, implement, and sustain actions for strengthening community health. An assessment protocol that included a series of guiding questions and a ranking procedure to assess seven domains of community capacity was designed for focus group application. Following from this, community capacity webs, which visually depict the extent of capacity built through the heart project, were produced for each community. The methodology requires further refinement; however, through this process we were able to further our understanding of the effectiveness of this project in building community capacity.

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