monitoring and evaluation

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.

Executive Summary

Executive Summary: India Financial Institutions Reform and Expansion-Debt and Infrastructure Ex-Post Evaluation (Hindi)

Rapid urbanization in resource-constrained countries like India places massive pressures on infrastructure, and long-term solutions are needed to meet growing safe water and sanitation (WatSan) demand. USAID has invested in urban WatSan activities across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East that aim to address these needs, but there is seldom opportunity to validate whether its approaches yielded sustainable outcomes.

Webinar

How Bad Is It? Using the 'Right' Tools for Assessing WASH in Healthcare Facilities

A 2015 report from UNICEF and WHO found that limited data exists on the status of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities (HCF).  Few assessments have been conducted and even fewer collect data beyond the basic coverage of WASH within a HCF. In order to determine the extent of the problem and develop an action plan to address gaps, more comprehensive assessments are needed.

Evaluation

Performance Evaluation of the Sustainable Water Sector Capacity Development Activity: Final Evaluation Report

The USAID/Albania Sustainable Water Sector Capacity Development (SWSCD) activity was created to build a platform for training in Albania and the Western Balkans to be an example of sustainable workforce development while contributing to the increased professionalism in delivery of the essential public services of water supply and wastewater treatment. The activity ran from October 2014 through the end of March 2019. It was funded by USAID/Washington and implemented by Albanian Association of Water Supply Companies. 

Summary

Mid-term Evaluation of the Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project: Summary of Findings and Recommendations

The Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program (KIWASH) is a $51 million 5-year project (October 2015 to September 2020) funded by USAID/Kenya and East Africa (USAID/KEA) and implemented by a consortium led by DAI. The goal of KIWASH is to improve lives and health through development and management of sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in Kenya.

Activity

Glacier Retreat and Water Resource Sustainability in the Peruvian Andes: Informing Adaptation Strategies through Collaborative Science

This project was designed to provide a realistic projection of water availability in the Shullcas River watershed through 2050, considering the ongoing retreat of the Huaytapallana Glacier due to global warming.

To achieve this goal, Dr. Lagos and his colleagues needed to improve scientific understanding of how recent glacier changes are impacting stream flows and therefore better anticipate how ongoing climate change will affect water resources in the region.

Evaluation

Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) Water, Sanitation And Hygiene (WASH) Program In Ethiopia – External Program Evaluation

This report presents results of the evaluation of the Ethiopia Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Program, implemented from 2004 to 2009. The program funded by USAID, in cooperation with the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA). At the time of the evaluation the program was being implemented through eight international MWA partners and four local sub-contractor NGOs in 30 woredas (districts) in Ethiopia.

Evaluation

End-Term Performance Evaluation for the USAID/Zambia School Water Supply and Hygiene (WASH) and Quality Education Project

International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI) prepared this End of Project Performance Evaluation for the USAID/Zambia School Water Supply and Hygiene (WASH) and Quality Education Activity. The main objective of the project was to improve access to water and sanitation services in schools in all 12 districts of Northern and Muchinga Provinces and to promote improved learning outcomes. The $8,209,838 project was implemented by Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) from March 11, 2009 and is scheduled to end September 30, 2013.

Annual Report Story

Applying a Sustainability Lens to Past Projects to Inform the Future

Sustainable WASH investments underpin USAID’s Water and Development Plan. Achieving sustainability requires country partners and communities to have ownership of processes and systems in place to ensure that inputs and resources are able to be sustained after an activity ends. Monitoring and evaluation during activity implementation provide insight into USAID-funded activities' performance, but after the activity ends it is difficult to know if the outcomes observed will be sustained.