New IRC publication

IRC announced the publication of its latest Thematic Overview Paper (TOP) number 23:

Evaluating & improving the WASH sector : strengthening WASH governance, learning about complexity, assessing change

TOP23

Main Author: Garandeau, R. Contributing Authors: Casella, D. and Bostoen, K. (2009). Evaluating & improving the WASH sector : strengthening WASH governance, learning about complexity, assessing change. (Thematic overview paper series : 23). The Hague, The Netherlands, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. 101 p.

Over recent decades, several events and trends resulted in an increased focus on development agencies’ results, hence an increased demand for quantitative measurement in general, and impact evaluation in particular. As part of this trend, funding agencies started to request more objective, independent evaluations to prove that their resources are used transparently on interventions that improve people’s lives, health, education, and wealth. As a result, all development agencies try to measure in one way or another the performance and achievements of their interventions.

This TOP discusses evaluations, focusing on the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector. It starts with a tale of three farms, representing three paradigms of development. Each of these paradigms is then discussed separately in the specific context of this sector. For each paradigm, the resulting evaluation methodologies are presented in a chronological order, illustrated by examples of WASH related evaluations. The TOP ends with useful books, websites and contacts.

TOP 23 is freely available for download here: http://www.irc.nl/top23

Categories: Governance · Monitoring & evaluation · Participatory Management · Publications · Sanitation · Water supply
Tagged:
change assessment, complex adaptive systems, complexity evaluation, impact evaluation

Source:

Deirdre C. Casella, M.A.

Programme Officer

Knowledge Development and Advocacy Section

IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre

http://www.irc.nl/

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