Published on: 26/05/2016
There are big expectations for national sector monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems both from the side of governments and from the side of Development Partners (DPs). National scale data collection using ICT in some African countries have set the tone: it is now possible to have data from each and every water system in the country!
This blog was originally published on 22 June 2015
The excitement is needed because data is a corner stone for improving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) service delivery. But the expectations in particular on what ICT can do are unrealistic and build on doubtful assumptions. Before investing in national sector monitoring systems we suggest considering a set of principles. The principles came out of the lessons IRC staff learned in supporting the design and implementation of national sector monitoring systems in a variety of countries.
Monitoring must be 'fit for purpose'
The WASH sector is an integrated sector. Most of the time WASH is spread over different ministries: water, health, education, environment, housing and more. Data collection is therefore also spread over different ministries. WASH monitoring systems should draw on these systems and consolidate data in a WASH sector report.
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