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Handbook 11-03
December 2010

Appendix E

Provincial Reconstruction Team Maturity Model (Iraq Model)

Each provincial reconstruction team (PRT) assesses its province in five areas that are referred to as lines of activity (LOA): governance, political development, economic development, political reconciliation, and rule of law. The five LOAs and key objectives are derived from the joint campaign plan and mission plan the PRTs/embedded PRTs are tasked to assess:

  • Governance. Assist in the development of sub-national governments that are self-sufficient; transparent; accountable; and capable of identifying, prioritizing, and servicing the needs of their citizens.
  • Political development. Promote the development of an engaged local population and effective political parties, institutions, representatives, and officials that respect the rights of individuals and groups; promote pluralism; and peacefully transfer power.
  • Economic development. Help sub-national governments and the private sector establish and implement broad-based and comprehensive economic development strategies that promote equitable and sustainable growth.
  • Political reconciliation. Help conflicting parties resolve their differences by engaging in direct and peaceful dialogue to identify and pursue shared aims and interests.
  • Rule of law. Enhance the quality of justice enjoyed by the populace by improving the accountability, effectiveness, and consistency of services administered by policing, corrections, judicial, and other legal institutions.

Security is the responsibility of the relevant military units operational within the each province.

Maturity Model Assessment

This section explains how to use the maturity model to make an assessment of your provincial council or other institution. Worked examples and blank templates that can be copied are provided.

The maturity model is an internationally recognized tool for assessing the progress of major change management programs. The assessment will be completed by reading generic statements and making an objective assessment of where your local government organization best fits the descriptions.

For example, when considering the development of governance in your area, you may decide that the statement "Provincial Distribution System (PDS) delivered on an ad-hoc and limited basis" best fits the description of the delivery of services. If so, then place an "X" in the box marked "Beginning." Continue on throughout all of the key objectives, making your assessment as you move along.

Graphic  diagram of beginning Maturity model assessment statement

Figure E-1. Maturity model assessment statement (Beginning)

Referring to Figure E-2, if the best description that fits the legal institution is "Traditional systems support legal process through legal institutions with occasional intervention," then place an X in the "Sustainable" box as shown. Importantly, provide some concise statement of evidence to support the assessment - in this case, supporting the improvement in performance from "Developing" to "Sustainable." Note that the red X is the previous rating and the green X is the current rating. The evidence statement can be added on a separate sheet attached to the maturity model.

Graphic diagram of beginning Maturity model assessment statement rule of law development

Figure E-2

In Figure E-2, three of four areas have shown improvement (three of the areas are the completed assessments for the component elements of the maturity model and can be used as a basis to adjust the PRT's work plans).

Figure E-3 is an example of the maturity model for the governance LOA.

Graphic diagram of maturity model for the governance LOA

Figure E-3

Figure E-4 is an example of the maturity model for the political development LOA.

Graphic diagram of maturity model for the political development LOA

Figure E-4

Figure E-5 is an example of the maturity model for the economic development LOA.

Graphic diagram of maturity model for the economic development LOA

Figure E-5

Figure E-6 is an example of the maturity model for the political reconciliation LOA.

Graphic diagram of maturity model for the political reconciliation LOA

Figure E-6

Figure E-7 is an example of the maturity model for the rule of law LOA.

Graphic diagram of maturity model for the rule of law LOA

Figure E-7

After a PRT assesses its provinces for all five LOAs, it summarizes the results in an overview chart called the behavior statement (see Figure E-8).

  • Assessments for both the maturity model and the behavior statement fall within five capacity levels: beginning, developing, sustainable, performing, and self-reliant.
  • Provide brief comments about each objective that describe how the province is performing. If necessary, highlight any resource issues that for example would enable the objective to be moved towards self-reliance or major blockers to achieving an upward trend.

Maturity /












Political development






Political reconciliation






Economic Development






Rule of Law






Figure E-8

Figure E-9 is a sample of a PRT assessment cycle calendar. Depending on information requirements and other factors, the PRT may have a different assessment reporting cycle from the reporting cycle of the military unit in the operational area.

Graphic showing diagram of PRT assessment cycle calendar.

Figure E-9


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