This document provides a tool for conducting an assessment of a National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) based on the WHO guidance1 and partners’ field experience and inputs.
The tool is relevant for either a self-assessment or an externally conducted assessment. Countries may choose to use it at any point on the NITAG’s life cycle to systematically assess how the committee functions and advises on immunization policy. A NITAG may choose to use the tool soon after its establishment so it can plan and document processes that will improve the capacity of the NITAG. In some cases, a NITAG may decide to use the tool annually or after recommendations have been made to assess the extent to which the NITAG’s functionality, quality of work processes and integration facilitated or hampered the development of evidence-based recommendations. In this way, the assessment could serve as part of a quality improvement process. Another use of the tool could be prior to or as part of a larger immunization program review (e.g., EPI review, Gavi joint appraisal).