Evaluating water and sanitation training in Peru and Nepal
In many rural and peri-urban areas around the world, water used for human consumption is being contaminated with human pathogens, heavy metals, and other dissolved compounds. As a result, millions of families lack access to safe water. Families that drink contaminated water may suffer from water-borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, and typhoid. Some 748 million people lack safe drinking water (UNICEF and WHO, 2014) and efforts to provide them with low-cost and low-maintenance sources of safe water and sanitation are critical.
Both based in Calgary, the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) and Mount Royal University are collaborating to help deliver long-term and sustainable solutions to accessible, clean water. The evaluation tool they developed to effectively evaluate local-level training in the water and sanitation sector is now helping water providers give appropriate education and training, serve vulnerable populations, and build local capacity.
With IDRC support, CAWST developed and tested the tool during assessments of its training activities in Peru and Nepal.
CAWST’s previous monitoring and evaluation process focused primarily on quantitative assessments, such as the number of water filters installed. This project provided tools and methods to complement CAWST’s assessment process with rich, qualitative information on the impacts of the organization’s education and training activities. The new evaluation framework allows CAWST to understand the effectiveness of its training techniques and how it can improve and adapt these for the long-term benefit of communities.
The new framework will be useful to other capacity-building organizations doing similar work. CAWST and Mount Royal University teams have shared their findings with local stakeholders.
To learn more about CAWST's work, visit the CAWST website.