ERIC Number: ED451223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Measuring Institutional Capacity. Recent Practices in Monitoring and Evaluation Tips, Number 15.
Lessik, Alan; Michener, Victoria
This document provides information for managers in the U. S. Agency for International Development 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 paper defines and discusses capacity assessment in general and presents several approaches for measuring capacity. The sections are: (1) "Background: Institutional Capacity Building and USAID"; (2) "How To Measure Institutional Capacity"; (3) "Measurement Issues"; (4) "Institutional Assessment Tools"; (5) "Measuring Individual Organizational Components"; (6) "Developing Indicators"; and (7) "Practical Tips for a Busy USAID Manager." The section on measurement issues is likely to be of interest to those interested in educational measurement. It focuses on comparability across organizations and over time, data collection, objectivity, quantification, internal versus external assessments, and practicality, all issues of interest to educational assessment. Other aspects of institutional assessment discussed would also have relevance for the educational practitioner. (Contains 58 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC. Center for Development Information and Evaluation.