OPEN CALL: Evaluation of RWSN – Call for proposals (ENGLISH ONLY)

Dear Colleagues 2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Handpump Technology Network (HTN), which became RWSN in 2006, under the leadership of the late Piers Cross. We are also coming to the end of the current three year strategy period (2015-2017), so during this year we will be developing a new strategy … Continue reading OPEN CALL: Evaluation of RWSN – Call for proposals (ENGLISH ONLY)

Addressing failure in rural water supply in Africa – how we can all do better (Video)

In his key note speech, Professor Richard Carter urged the delegation at the 41st IAH Congress to do more to explain why groundwater matters and why hydrogeological science is important. "I wish there was a District Water Officer or a Finance Minister speaking here, perhaps both instead of me, asking you what all this groundwater … Continue reading Addressing failure in rural water supply in Africa – how we can all do better (Video)

Planning for impact

A very useful update on the Triple-S project

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By Patrick Moriarty

Back in June and July of 2012, Triple-S underwent a mid-term assessment (MTA) by an excellent team led by Dr. Ben Ramalingam. The MTA was a hugely useful exercise, allowing the Triple-S team and our partners to take some time out from our day to day work to reflect on how we were doing. The MTA team held up a mirror to us as a project and process – in much the same way that Triple-S seeks to hold up a mirror to the rural water sector – allowing us to have a long hard look at ourselves.

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The importance of learning from project evaluations can’t be over-emphasised

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By Susan Davis, Executive Director, Improve International

You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink. You can do an evaluation but you cannot make us think.

The good news is there is a proliferation of evaluation databases. Donors like the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and implementing organizations like CARE and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are publishing evaluation reports online.  This gets them off people’s desks and into the world. (Update: another handy link to multilateral development bank evaluation groups and their reports is here.)

But is anyone learning from them? Evaluations and other reports from many years ago show, for example:

  • It has become overwhelmingly clear from both research and field observations (Warford and Saunders, 1976; Elmendorf, 1978; Burton, 1979) that the main obstacle in the use and  maintenance of improved water and sanitation…

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Learning about Monitoring & Evaluation

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By Susan Davis, Executive Director, Improve International

Last week I attended the 1st Pan-Asia-Africa Learn MandE Conference in Bangkok.  (M & E = monitoring and evaluation; in this case it was for international development programs).  The conference was well organized and there was a good mix of implementing organizations, academics, donors, and a few software folks.  I liked the size of the conference because all of us were able to attend all the sessions – no rushing around to other rooms to find particular topics of interest.

Marla Smith-Nilson and I presented on the Accountability Forum / WASH Sustainability Rating.  We were surprised to find that we were among the very few people talking about 1) independent evaluations and 2) doing evaluations years after program completion.

Other presenters talked about a dizzying array of acronyms, methods and buzzwords – results based monitoring, outcome mapping, data flow diagrams, causality, value…

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