Staged Development Tool

National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) sometimes struggle to define the most critical next steps that will improve capacity for core public health functions and effective and efficient internal operations. To fill this gap, U.S. CDC and IANPHI, in consultation with a group of NPHI leaders from around the world, developed the Staged Development Tool (SDT). The tool helps NPHIs assess their current capacity and develop a roadmap for achieving a higher level of functioning.

The SDT uses a maturity model to help NPHIs assess their capacities in priority areas and identify areas for improvement. Twenty-eight Discussion Guides provide detailed descriptions for what might be found at NPHIs at different stages of maturity or development.
The Discussion Guides include both external-facing topics (such as surveillance and research) and internal-facing topics (such as leadership and management). They facilitate conversations that help participants clarify their NPHI’s current state, desired state, and major gaps that need to be addressed to move to their ideal state.

The SDT can be used by established NPHIs or during the development of an NPHI if it is clear what groups and which people will comprise the NPHI. The SDT process is designed to be facilitated. We recommend using an external facilitator trained on how to use the tool, especially if the NPHI is using the SDT for the first time.

Upcoming SDT Training
IANPHI and the U.S. CDC will be hosting a SDT training meeting in April 2018. Additional information will be available soon.

You can access more information about the SDT here>>