Staged Development Tool

National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) often 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 a Staged Development Tool (SDT). The tool helps NPHIs assess their current capacity and develop a roadmap for achieving a higher level of functioning.

What is the SDT?

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.

How to Use the SDT

An SDT planning process can take place over several days. 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, contact the SDT group >>.

The SDT Tool is a Two Step Process. Learn more about how to use the SDT >>

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Countries Using the SDT

Colombia: used to further work planning 

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)

While the SDT is envisioned as a country-owned process, a trained facilitator is highly recommended.

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We spent three days in an intense and passionate process that made us think and thoroughly explore our capacity. The SDT tool was of great use to us and we were delighted to have participated.

Dr. Kossi Badziklou, Deputy Director, Togo INH