IWaSP aims to benefit 1.225 million people directly and six million people indirectly by 2018. Transparent and accurate monitoring of the progress made is vital. The core objective of IWaSP monitoring activities is to provide donors, partners and management with realistic and reliable data on the outcomes and impacts achieved as a direct result of IWaSP’s work.
In order to generate this data, a customised and internet-based monitoring system has been created. The system allows for the entering of data from headquarters, country level and partnership level. This information is used to generate visual representations of the achievements reached at each of these levels. An initial monitoring round was done in 2014 to establish the base-line.
Some of the key outcome indicators measured include the number of people benefitting directly and indirectly from improved water security, the amount of private and public sector contributions to local partnership activities, and the number of countries or national or regional bodies in which a project’s lessons and observations are integrated into public policies. To ensure transparency, a conservative approach is used when reporting figures. This means that data is less likely to exaggerate the actual situation on the ground. The methods used to monitor results are constantly being reviewed and improved, so that as a partnership or programme expands, the collection and evaluation of data can include new developments.
Additionally, the Oversees Development Institute (ODI) in the United Kingdom and the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE) in Germany have developed an evaluation strategy for IWaSP which includes validation by internal and external stakeholders. This is done by analysing secondary literature, conducting face-to-face interviews and processing the feedback for findings. Partnerships supported by IWaSP will undergo a mid-term and a final evaluation.
Independent evaluators also review the programme over the course of its life and provide unbiased assessments of its performance. The key lessons learnt are continuously identified and used to support the replication and expansion of effective water stewardship approaches to other areas.
As IWaSP is fully funded by BMZ and DFID, the programme receives no financial contributions to its operations from any private or social sector enterprise. All funds raised by the IWaSP are used entirely for partnership projects.