Full Citation: USAID (2011). Performance Monitoring & Evaluation - Measuring Institutional Capacity (TIPS Number 15, Supplemental Reference to ADS 203). Washington D.C: USAID.
Overview: This Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Tips gives USAID managers information on measuring institutional capacity, including some tools that measure the capacity of an entire organization as well as others that look at individual components or functions of an organization. The discussion concentrates on the internal capacities of individual organizations, rather than on the entire institutional context in which organizations function. This Tips is not about how to actually strengthen an institution, nor is it about how to assess the eventual impact of an organization’s work. Rather, it is limited to a specific topic: how to measure an institution’s capacities. It addresses the following questions:
- Which measurement approaches are most useful for particular types of capacity building?
- What are the strengths and limitations of each approach with regard to internal bias, quantification, or comparability over time or across organizations?
- How will the data be collected and how participatory can and should the measurement process be?