Helping National Public Health Institutes Achieve Their Greatest Potential

With the assistance of a consultative group of National Public Health Institute (NPHI) leaders from around the world, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) and the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) created a capacity –building tool to help NPHIs achieve their vision and reach their goals. It is called the NPHI Staged Development Tool (SDT) and NPHIs at all levels of maturity can use this tool to assess their capacities, identify gaps, and strategize ways to move to a higher level of functioning.

The SDT is an instrument designed to help NPHIs function better and increase impact by reviewing an NPHI’s technical capacity in specific public health functions. The result of SDT planning is a global health roadmap that will lead to better capacity and impact in areas the NPHI considers a priority. To do this, an NPHI must assess and identify gaps and develop a work-plan to fill the gaps identified.

Once the NPHI has identified its priorities, how well it is operating in terms of its public health efforts and internal operations, the NPHI SDT: Discussion Guide List is presented.  This 28-topic Discussion Guide is designed to drive a thoughtful exchange of ideas and information that will determine the NPHIs current and desired stages of maturity for each priority area. The discussion is led by an “Internal-facing” NPHI operations topic, which focuses on leadership and management, and an “External-facing” NPHI functions topic, which focuses on surveillance, emergency response, and data-to-action.

An SDT planning process can take place over several days, or utilized to drive a discussion that will help CDC and IANPHI begin the process of identifying member countries in which to pilot the tool, training staff, and partners to facilitate the SDT process in selected countries. While the SDT is envisioned as a country-owned process, a trained facilitator is highly recommended. After an NPHI has used the SDT with a facilitator, it may be more prepared to manage the SDT process on its own and begin the work towards a higher-functioning NPHI. To learn how your NPHI can realize its greatest potential, click here for more information.

Vision and Mission

WMaturity Models describes the stages of development: Basic; Developing; Advanced; Leading Edgms of our time.


Maturity Model Guide Assessment

Maturity Models describes the stages of development: Basic; Developing; Advanced. 


Discussion Guides

Discussion guides describe stages for a range of topics Internal-facing Discussion Guides and External-facing Discussion guides 


List of Countries using the SDT

Guinea Bissau: used to assess capacity and prioritize identified gaps at the Instituto Nacional de Saúde Pública (INASA)

Mozambique: used as part of Data-to-Action training

Rwanda: used as prompts during informal discussions

Somalia: used as a basis for a robust discussion about leadership, management, and internal communications

South Africa: used as prompts during informal discussions

Togo: used to assess capacity and prioritize identified gaps at the Institut National d’Hygiène (INH)


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