Microscore: a new self-assessment tool for capacity building programmes
21 May 2012
MicroNed, a network of Dutch organizations involved in microfinance, has introduced MicroScore, a tool intended to help microfinance institutions (MFIs) and cooperatives assess themselves before, during, and after conducting capacity building programmes. MicroScore measures the following four performance ratios: governance, institutional, financial performance management, and services and social 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.
MicroScore 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 tool is not intended to replace ratings. The ultimate aim is to enhance the effectiveness of capacity building programmes.
The MicroScore tool is available in English, Spanish and French at the links below.Search Terms tookits analytical frameworks project management