The DHS Program has provided technical assistance for more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries. Implicit in this collaboration is capacity strengthening for implementing partners. The DHS Program offers:

  • Survey Implementation Capacity Assessments
  • Development of country-specific capacity strengthening plans
  • On-the-job training, mentoring, and coaching

Capacity Assessment Tool (CAT)

To assist implementing agencies in assessing their capacity, The DHS Program has developed a Capacity Assessment Tool (CAT) based on the US Census Bureau's TASC tool. The CAT employs a participatory approach to assess the ability of implementing agencies and other stakeholders to conduct activities along the entire survey continuum. 

Capacity Strengthening Focal Countries

As part of its capacity strengthening strategy, The DHS Program has selected 5 focal countries for the DHS-7 contract: Ghana, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tanzania. Focal countries have the opportunity to organize and carry out multiple or continuous surveys, allowing the countries to reinforce the capacity implementation over time. These focal countries receive intensive capacity strengthening interventions, as well as tools to document incremental changes in their capacity based upon agreed-upon outcomes. Select a country above to learn more about the activities in each survey.

A full list of DHS Program curricula can be found here.