Institutional Development Framework

MSI pioneered the Institutional Development Framework (IDF) toolkit that has been used to assess and improve the management and institutional capacity of hundreds of civil society and non-profit organizations. It has helped build organizational capacity and sustainable organizations at every stage of development. Ultimately, the IDF gives these organizations the tools and knowledge to continue long after donor support ends.

A senior staff member first published the IDF in the Public Administration and Development in the late 1990’s. Since that time, it has been adapted and updated on multiple occasions to adjust to particular country situations and new phenomena such as social media. In addition, MSI’s experienced IDF facilitators have worked with organizations and trained others to apply the framework in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. These efforts have helped these organizations to increase productivity, enhance impact, improve the organizations as places to work, and increased the likelihood that they would survive in the long-term.

The IDF toolkit provides a sequence of facilitated tasks that result in an organizational analysis, creating an institutional profile that illustrates strengths and weaknesses. Organizations use this data to develop institutional strengthening plans and metrics for performance measurement.

IDF Project Highlights:

Egypt Civil Society – 20 Egyptian organizations were assessed with the IDF and shown how to strengthen their institutions to represent and advocate for citizens’ concerns in post-Mubarak Egypt.

Capable Partner Program – MSI has automated the IDF, applying its newest tool to more than 50 NGOs in 26 countries that receive awards under USAID’s Development Grants Program.

Zambia Local Partners Capacity Building – 100 NGOs working to prevent HIV/AIDS in all 9 Zambian provinces were evaluated using the IDF to tailor training and technical assistance to the NGOs, many of them based in rural communities that serve hard-to-reach populations.

Jamaica – MSI used the IDF to review the capacities of 60 NGOs working to improve citizen security, which shaped the design and delivery of USAID’s civil society programming for the following 3 years.

India – MSI assessed the capacity of ATSEC, a national network of more than 500 NGOs working to combat human trafficking in India and in neighboring countries, resulting in a more cohesive network of 25 state chapters.