Global Climate Change Institutional Capacity Assessment
Building institutional capacity to address climate change is recognized as an important result across USAID’s climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts. The GCC Institutional Capacity Assessment is a structured tool for assessing an organization’s or institution’s capacity to address climate change issues. It can be used as a baseline assessment tool to inform assistance and enable an evaluation of impact at a later date. It can also be used – in full or in part – as a performance monitoring tool to document progress.
For USAID, the tool can facilitate monitoring and reporting on standard indicators related to institutional capacity to address climate change: EG11-2 (adaptation), EG12-2 (clean energy), EG13-2 (sustainable landscapes).
Inputs and Outputs
A facilitator guides the organization or unit whose capacity is being assessed through the assessment tool. Facilitators should carefully review the tool before guiding the assessment. Each section of the tool includes suggested participants from the organization and suggested documentation upon which to base the discussion and scoring. Outputs include the score of the organization (overall and by section) as well as evidence that supports the scoring.
The tool is designed to measure the progress of formal organizations, including government ministries, non-governmental organizations (NGO), and civil society organizations (CSO) at the regional, national or sub-national level. It is not designed for informal groups, such as village development committees (VDC).
The assessment is intended to take approximately three hours to complete in full, less time if only portions of the tool are used. The facilitator(s) and organization will additionally need time to prepare. Given the time commitment, the tool is intended to be used with organizations that are important for moving a country’s or sector’s climate change agenda forward.
Accessing the tool and additional information
The tool can be accessed below.
USAID Global Climate Change Office/Washington DC