From data to decisions
- From data to decisions: developing user-centred monitoring programmes for water, sanitation and hygiene. Policy brief.
- Des données aux decisions: élaborer des programmes de suivi centrés sur l’utilisateur en matière d’eau, d’assainissement et d’hygiène. Note de synthèse.
- Dos dados às decisões: desenvolver programas de monitorização centrados no utilizador para água, saneamento e higiene. Documento sobre políticas.
- De los datos a las decisiones: desarrollo de programas de monitoreo centrados en el usuario para el agua, el saneamiento y la higiene
- From data to decisions: data use planning guide
- Des données aux decisions: guide de planification en matière d’exploitation des données
- De los datos a las decisiones: guía de planificación del uso de datos
- Dos dados às decisões: guia de planeamento da utilização de dados
- From data to decisions
Investments in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) monitoring systems are not yielding the transformative change promised. Even where data are collected, they are not necessarily being used to improve decision making.
Within the WASH sector, monitoring has traditionally been viewed as a technical concern. Little attention has been paid to the political and behavioural factors that determine how monitoring data are used.
Our guide From data to decisions draws on knowledge of evidence-informed decision making beyond the WASH sector to analyse case studies of monitoring systems in Nicaragua, Sierra Leone and Timor-Leste. Our starting point is the uses and users of data, in particular the political economy of decision making – that is, the institutions, incentives and ideas that shape the behaviour of key decision makers. To a lesser extent, we also draw on insights from behavioural science. The Overseas Development Institute carried out the research on which the report is based, on behalf of WaterAid.
The policy brief draws on insights from political economy and behavioural science to outline how governments and development partners can strengthen the use of data to achieve universal access to WASH services.
Download the brief to better understand why governments and development partners to strengthen sector monitoring programmes and incentivise greater data use, and our recommendations for doing so.
To support stakeholders to build a more critical understanding of the issues that affect use of WASH monitoring data in their own specific context, we have developed the Data use planning guide. In the guide we provide step-by-step guidance to support governments and development partners to apply the data use framework to new or existing monitoring programmes.
Download the planning guide to help you begin to design or re-design a user-centred WASH monitoring programme.
To maximise the value and effectiveness of external investments in WASH monitoring, it is vital that stakeholders engage with these factors. To support this engagement, the synthesis report provides a step-by-step planning guide on how donors and other stakeholders can better understand the use of WASH data in decision making.
Download the guide to help design of monitoring systems that are user-centred and incentivise the use of data in decision making.
Read Senior Policy Analyst Stuart Kempster's blog discussing the challenges to data-informed policy making in WASH and introducing the guide.