MSH’s Organizational Synthesis of Capacity Assessments for Award Readiness (OSCAR)

Tool

Strengthening a country’s capacity to lead its own development is a cornerstone of the United States Government’s foreign assistance efforts. As a prerequisite to receiving direct funding assistance, donors, such as USAID, must assess an organization’s management and systems readiness for the responsible stewardship of funds. MSH created a new tool that synthesizes USAID’s Non-US Organizations Pre-Award Survey (NUPAS) and Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA) tools, while additionally evaluating critical sustainability factors. The Organizational Synthesis of Capacity Assessments for Award Readiness—OSCAR—tool is a comprehensive instrument designed to provide a general overview of organizational capacity and a specific read of an organization’s ability to receive and absorb direct donor funding. Applied using an evidence-based, participatory process, OSCAR allows local partners to use the findings to identify areas in which they require additional support to build their capabilities.

Contact Information:

Judith Seltzer, Senior Director Special Projects, jseltzer@msh.org

R. Alexandra Emilien, Senior Advisor for Governance and Capacity Building, USAID Haiti Health Leadership Project, remilien@msh.org

Georges Dubuche, Chief of Party, USAID Haiti Health Leadership Project, gdubuche@msh.org