International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Can we honestly measure rural WASH impact and sustainability?

Thursday 27 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: NL 357
Daniel Cima/IFRC

There is sometimes a reluctance to revisit WASH projects after completion. There is often a perception that sustainable impact may be limited. We present the challenge of all rural WASH actors to measure impact and sustainability of projects and not just at project completion – but at least several years after completion. We will include an example from the IFRC’s Look Back Study undertaken several years after a project’s completion. Currently, IFRC, within its Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (2005–2025) oversees more than 400 projects worldwide.

Below are some of the critical issues to consider when discussing sustainability and impact of rural WASH:

- How can we measure objectively? When should we measure?

- What are we measuring – what are acceptable indicators/targets? What is success?

- How do we measure not just hardware/infrastructure but software and behavioural change?

- Who will/should pay costs related to post project impact measurement?

- If results are poor what can/should we do to rectify?

After the session, prepare synopsis for the SWW and for distribution generally.

Panel of experts: A Government WASH official, UN, Swedish Red Cross, INGO/NGO, WASH Donor(s), Community WASH representative.

Programme

Can we honestly measure rural WASH impact and sustainability?

There is sometimes a reluctance to revisit WASH projects after completion. There is often a perception that sustainable impact may be limited. We present the challenge that all rural WASH actors face in measuring impact and sustainability, not just at project completion stage – but at least several years after completion. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies will share its experience with look back studies undertaken several years after a project’s completion. 

Programme:

09:00 Welcome by Patrick Fox, Swedish Red Cross and opening remarks by Uli Jaspers, IFRC 

09:05 Setting targets, measuring impact and sustainability IFRC experience with the lookback study. Patrick Fox and IFRC 

09:15 Panel discussion: Opening remarks from panellists on the questions posed. Panellists will be senior representatives of leading WASH donor agencies and senior implementers from less developed countries

09:35 Plenary discussion from the audience – Patrick Fox and panellists

10:25 Wrap up and key conclusions – Patrick Fox and IFRC 

Conclusion

Can we honestly measure rural WASH impact and sustainability?

There is sometimes a reluctance to revisit WASH projects after completion. There is often a perception that sustainable impact may be limited.

How should we measure success or failure? What may we do to rectify if results are poor?