Water Integrity Network (WIN) works with water utilities to help them address their integrity risks and improve aspects of transparency, accountability, participation, and anticorruption. The InWASH tool consists of a suite of components and activities that can be applied to enable this integrity management process. The organisation has registered positive results as a result of its engagements but currently lacks a means by which impact can be systematically assessed following their support. Iwel has been contracted to develop an impact evaluation methodology to address this gap. The design needs to be simple to implement but able to produce robust data that provides insights into the impact the InWASH tool is having with utilities, as well as learning points for how it can be improved. The Iwel team is working in close collaboration with WIN and other stakeholders to create a methodology that is fit for purpose and aligned with existing tools and indicators.
2022 - Present
Water Integrity Network
Tools for Self Reliance (TFSR) are a UK-based charity that provide training and tools to support livelihoods resilience across various countries in Africa. As part of their new strategy development, they are seeking an overhaul of existing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and processes. Iwel have been contracted to support the design and development of a new M&E system, and provide ongoing technical input to support its piloting and roll-out with in-country partners. Following an in-depth document review and consultation, the team facilitated a two-day co-creation workshop with TFSR to compose a Theory of Action and Theory of Change. These were used to develop indicators for impact and informed various M&E tools that are currently in development.
2022 - Present
Tools for Self Reliance
Iwel have been contracted to provide knowledge and learning support to SNV Nepal. Requests for technical input have been delivered on an ad-hoc basis since work began in 2021. Some of the key outputs include: Technical reviews of guidance documents and reports. Data analysis and administration. Copy-editing and formatting for blogs and reports. Proposal writing and technical input on designs.
2021 - Present
The Securing Water Resources Approach (SWRA) is an innovative initiative that aims to improve water security and strengthen climate resilience by integrating water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) with integrated water resource management (IWRM). The approach incorporates risk assessment into community-level water management and involves local monitoring of the water table to assess water availability into the dry season. SWRA was first launched in 2011 and has since been implemented across four countries in West Africa. Iwel was contracted to undertake an evaluation of SWRA, looking at seven different aspects of the approach. In-country data collection was undertaken by local enumerators and managed by a regional Consultant, with support from the Iwel core evaluation team. Findings, learning points, and recommendations were made to WaterAid, and a learning brief tailored towards policymakers was produced (publication pending).
2021 - Present
Water.org contracted Iwel and Aguaconsult to undertake a meta-analysis of its existing evidence base and draw out findings across a variety of related themes. These consisted of climate change, women's empowerment, health and safety, WaterCredit as an accelerator, and household finances. The aim of the research was to draw out insights from the internal data, including findings and gaps, and contrast these to current thinking from the wider water sector. The assignment consisted of an in-depth review of internal documents and external literature across the five themes, as well as stakeholder consultation. Findings from the internal and external data were then compared and recommendations made to improve Water.org's programming in different areas. Iwel's work was published on an interactive site found here and the reports can be accessed individually here. Findings from the household finances, climate change, and health and safety papers were also presented at World Water Week in 2022.
2021 - 2022
The research activities of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) have been supported the SDC's Global Programme Water for over 15 years. An external evaluation was commissioned to assess the two research programmes that ran from 2015 to 2017 and 2018 to 2022. The assessment focused on three mains areas: 1) programme delivery, 2) collaboration with partners, and 3) research-to-policy-to-action impact. The five-person Iwel team utilised contribution analysis as part of a theory-based approach and undertook data collection at the global and country level, with a specific focus on Nepal and Uganda. Findings and recommendations from the evaluation were presented back to both SDC and Eawag, and used to inform future action.