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In March 2012, IRC began developing a prototype of an online tool - the WASHCost calculator. The WASHCost calculator is envisioned as a tool that allows the WASH sector to better plan, budget, manage and evaluate WASH service delivery models. Further development of the prototype was discussed on 11 July 2012, as part of the final WASHCost project team meeting. The WASHCost calculator prototype is planned for release in October 2012, during the sustainable WASH services online course.
 

With increased international interest in the use of the life-cycle costs approach, there is a demand to simplify analysis, once expenditure and service level data is available. WASHCost has made available publications, trainings and tools for data collection and the use of life-cycle costs and service level data. This year, IRC began developing a prototype of an online tool, the WASHCost calculator. It is envisioned as a tool which allows the WASH sector to better plan, budget, manage and evaluate WASH service delivery models.

The prototype is intended to work like a mortgage calculator with interactive graphs. It is focused on answering the following questions as part of a sustainability check:

  • Is my service delivery model sustainable over time?
  • Who is paying for what costs over time?
  • What is the service level of my delivery model is delivering to users?

An early version of the web-based prototype has been tested internally and presented at a number of meetings and trainings around the world with positive feedback. In the short term, WASHCost is using feedback to transform the tool into a training aid, which will help people to do basic analysis online using pre-existing data.

Nicolas Dickinson
26 June 2012

Updated by Jeske Verhoeven, Vera van der Grift, and Angelica de Jesus on 11 July 2012.

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