IANPHI Collaborates on New Evaluation Tool

Colleagues from the National Public Health Surveillance Institute of France (INVS) have partnered with IANPHI to develop a tool to evaluate national public health institutes (NPHIs). This new tool can help countries recognize the value of NPHIs in countering public health threats, provide benchmarking, and facilitate peer-to-peer evaluation, similar to that recently completed for the China CDC. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have provided limited support for this effort, and additional support may be sought from other donors. The initiative will build upon IANPHI’s 2007 Framework for the Creation and Development of National Public Health Institutes and the 2011 Bellagio meeting on Essential Public Health Functions for NPHIs and is lead in coordination with Anne Catherine Viso (INVS), and Courtenay Dusenbury (IANPHI-US Office). 

The Evaluation Tool takes into account the remarkable diversity of the NPHIs' contexts and functions. By pooling and sharing their various experiences, IANPHI hopes to develop guiding principles and a tool kit to evaluate an NPHI. The goal is to deliver a tool that can be personalized for use by NPHI Directors to demonstrate the achievements and contributions of their institute in the national context, and to draw recommendations that could lead to improvements in the quality of services and impact on public health.