Discussion Guides

Overview of the SDT Discussion Guides

Each of the 28 Discussion Guides has the same structure: 4 stages, each including 6 domains. Except otherwise noted, definitions of the 6 domains apply to both internal- and external-facing Discussion Guides.

  • Strategic Direction (SD): Degree to which the NPHI works strategically in setting priorities and in allocating and using resources, including staff time
  • Systems (SYS): Degree to which the NPHI has systems, processes, and tools that enable it to carry out the described effort
  • Resources (RES): Degree to which the NPHI has assets (e.g., staff capacity, supplies, transportation, infrastructure) to support the described effort
  • Quality (QAL): Degree to which the NPHI is able to carry out the described effort in a high quality manner.
    • External-facing only: Degree to which the NPHI supports quality in the efforts of those contributing to the achievement of the described effort (e.g., subnational entities, stakeholders, partners
  • Engagement (ENG)
    • Internal-facing only: Degree to which staff are committed to contributing to the NPHI’s vision and goals. Degree to which staff contribute to improving the NPHI’s strategies or performance
    • External-facing only: Degree to which stakeholders (partners, beneficiaries, contributors, donors, sub-national actors, and communities) are invited to provide input or feedback, or are engaged by the NPHI as partners/advisors
  • Impact(IMP)
    • Internal-facing only: Degree to which the NPHI is able to perform or achieve results
    • External-facing only: Degree to which the NPHI is able to perform or achieve its goals and deliver high-quality products and services, extent to which the products and services have an impact on public health

SDT Consultive Group

Dr. Placido Cardoso, Guinea Bissau National Institute of Public Health Courtenay Dusenbury, IANPHI U.S. Office[VH((1] Dr. Mohamed Guled Farah, Somalia National Institute of Health Dr. Frode Forland, Norwegian Institute of Public Health Dr. Anthony Kessel, Dr. Mark Salter, Public Health England Dr. Mohamed Rhajaoui, Morocco National Institute of Hygiene Dr. Felix Rosenberg, FIOCRUZ Brazil Dr. Anne Catherine Viso, Dr. Jean Claude Desenclos, Dr. Bertrand Xerri, Dorianne Fuchs, French Public Health Agency

List of Countries where the SDT has been used

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 SOMAILA: 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)