Nitags

Create, strengthen, and evaluate NITAGs step by step

National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) are multidisciplinary groups of national experts responsible for providing independent, evidence-informed advice to policy makers and programme managers on policy issues related to immunization and vaccines.

This page provides essential documents needed for NITAG establishment, strengthening, and evaluation.

CREATE

STRENGTHEN

Strengthening a NITAG can be achieved by:

  • Securing enough human resources for the secretariat (at least one dedicated person is needed) ;
  • Documenting and implementing procedures ;
  • Participating in in-person training on the functioning of working groups, the use of accepted methodologies to assess scientific evidence, or the methodology for writing policy briefs;
  • Sharing lessons learnt and collaborating at both regional and global levels.

4 key documents

EVALUATE

The evaluation of a NITAG ensures that it meets the international standards for NITAG functioning. 17 indicators are defined by WHO and are classified in three categories:

  • Functionality
  • Quality of NITAG processes and outputs
  • Integration into the immunization decision-making system

The assessment can be performed by the NITAG itself, by the ministry of health or by an institutional partner (WHO regional office or US-CDC) or else by another NITAG taking part in the Global NITAG Network.

2 key documents