MONITORING & EVALUATION
Sustainability of projects is not something we take lightly.
40% of wells drilled by other organizations fail in the first 2-4 years.
Our Monitoring & Evaluation program is rigorous. We conduct in-depth surveys before and after we implement projects.
Our professional Monitoring & Evaluations staff in the field conduct regular reports and surveys in the communities after the completion of a project on a regular basis. We never cease having a presence in the community, but we also do not want communities to rely on Water Underground. We observe the community and their strengths in monitoring and maintaining their own project. We are there to provide assistance only when they encounter an obstacle beyond what they are able to fix themselves.
We monitor projects every 3 months for years 1-3, every 6 months for years 4-5, and yearly after that. Apart from our official monitoring and evaluation program, our staff currently maintain a robust schedule of visiting each community at least once every two weeks for visibility and to track progress.
Evaluating our successes and downfalls helps us be a stronger, more effective organization.
Over the past 2 years, we have completed 11 projects, and we know exactly what’s happening in every one of these communities right now.
All of our Official Well Drill Reports are given to the Water Oversight Committee, the Local Government, and our donors. You can access them all below.
Monitoring & Evaluation
In order for the community to embrace ownership and self-reliance for the project's future, they must also be rigorous with their internal Monitoring & Evaluation. Water Underground provides (and thoroughly explains) documents for Balance/Expense Sheets (especially for community transparency, given that they are contributing funds), agriculture metrics, official user registration, and most importantly, well maintenance and repair. Water Underground requires that the Division of Maintenance & Repair within the Water Oversight Committee fill out weekly & monthly maintenance forms and record all necessary information about repairs made. Maintenance is essential and yearly replacement of certain parts is important to avoid major problems.
Surely, sometimes major things happen outside of the control of the Committee. In these circumstances, Water Underground will support the major repairs if the community has done their step in conducting regular maintenance and recording their efforts. This is - at the end of the day - the communities project, not Water Underground's. If we do our step, the community must do theirs. This may seem like a hard stance, but in order to stop a systemic dependence on foreign aid by empowering others to lift themselves out of poverty, then the practice of ownership is imperative.