It has always been a pressing question how to measure success of capacity building programmes. While success can be measured on the output level, there was no suitable measure on effect level. On behalf of MicroNed (which later became NpM), Joost de La Rive Box designed an institutional scan to measure the performance of capcity building programmes. This tool combines four performance ratios: governance, institutional, services & social performance management and financial performance management.
The development of the first version of the MicroScore Tool was financed by Hivos in the context of the evaluation of their Seed Capital programme. The tool was then further developed, finalized, tested and translated in the MicroNed Capacity Building working group in which Cordaid took the lead. After a year of development and intensive pilot testing by MicroNed members as well as Terrafina Microfinance, the tool has now been finalized.
The tool helps MFIs and cooperatives to assess its performance and to reflect on its graduation. Consultants can use MicroScore in their first contact with a MFI as a guideline for baseline assessments and further on as a tool for progress monitoring. Desk officers at microfinance organizations should be able to better assess the proposals they receive from MFIs and consultants.
The MicroScore Tool is not intended to replace ratings. The ultimate aim is to enhance the effectiveness of capacity building programmes.
The MicroScore Tool is presented in three languages: English, Spanish and French, combined in one format, and is now available for download, free of charge.
Download the MicroScore Tool here.