monitoring and evaluation

LiteratureReview

System Approaches to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: A Systematic Literature Review

Endemic issues of sustainability in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector have led to the rapid expansion of ‘system approaches’ for assessing the multitude of interconnected factors that affect WASH outcomes. However, the sector lacks a systematic analysis and characterization of the knowledge base for systems approaches, in particular how and where they are being implemented and what outcomes have resulted from their application.

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USAID Water and Development Annual Reports

Water impacts health, food, energy, security, economic growth, and environmental stability around the world. USAID’s work to address the challenge of improving water and sanitation access to the 2.1 billion people without safe drinking water and the estimated 4.4 billion people without adequate sanitation is documented in its annual report. In addition to taking a comprehensive look at USAID water programming over the past year, the annual report breaks down funding by country and region and provides results of its work in water, sanitation, and agricultural water management.

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Reports

Reports of interest to the water community.

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Evaluations

Relevant and high-quality monitoring and evaluation is an important tool to track the progress, results, and effectiveness of international development programs. Evaluation can help explain why programs are succeeding or failing, and provide recommendations for how best to adapt to improve performance. This collection contains reports and briefs that evaluate a range USAID water, sanitation, and hygiene activities.

Also check out USAID's Ex-Post Evaluation series.

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Datasets

Globalwaters.org's growing collection of both USAID and non-USAID produced datasets provide statistics of interest to water development practitioners.

Presentation

Ex-Post Evaluation in International Development: Opportunities and Challenges

This presentation explores the role of ex-post evaluations in the international development field. It was delivered at the American Evaluation Association's 2019 Conference, and featured Abbie Jones (USAID), Cindy Sobieski (Millennium Challenge Corporation), and Kari Nelson (Social Impact).

Blog

USAID Seeks Input on its Water and Development Research Agenda

USAID recognizes that in order to accomplish the goals set out in our Water and Development Plan under the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy, we need to ramp up our efforts to address evidence gaps that have impeded progress in the sector to date. As part of that process, the Agency intends to develop a Water and Development Research Agenda that identifies critical evidence gaps, guides research to fill those gaps, and ultimately helps to inform programming approaches. 

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WASH Research Questions Worksheet

This worksheet features a series of questions designed to guide strategic thinking and programming decisions related to the following components of the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sectors:

  • Governance & Finance
  • Sanitation & Hygiene
  • Safe Drinking Water
  • Water Resources Management

Click here to download the worksheet. Please remember to share your input no later than Friday, November 29th.

Water Currents

Water Currents: WASH & Mobile Technologies

Mobile devices, technologies, and services have the potential to improve service delivery to remote populations and the bottom line for water and sanitation service providers. In addition to monitoring how water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) systems function, mobile technologies can be used to deliver financing and payment solutions, to collect reliable data on usage and operations, and to identify gaps and inform policy decisions.