Clean drinking water helps people in developing countries improve their quality of life. With Cisco support, Water For People developed the web-based Re-Imagine Reporting platform. This tool helps the nonprofit’s staff analyze and visualize data so they can achieve their goal of securing safe drinking water for 4 million people that will last forever.
The Issue: Analyzing Field Data is Difficult
Water For People has an ambitious goal to secure permanent access to safe drinking water for 30 districts in 9 countries over the next 5 years and to inspire others to replicate its approach. But this work can only succeed if all local stakeholders have a firm understanding of field data and use it to inform their programming.
- Local stakeholders need to understand monitoring data and how to use this data to improve their role in program sustainability
- Water and sanitation development donors and non-governmental organizations need a visual tool to understand how to invest in order to ensure lasting impact.
- Data coming from multiple sources is difficult to aggregate and analyze effectively
The Solution: Visualize Data to Illustrate Impact
Re-Imagine Reporting (RIR) transforms data from various sources into a usable, visual form to aid decision-making about water and sanitation programming.
- The visual interface can be read and interpreted equally well by people of different cultures who speak different languages
- RIR transforms data from a static record to living evidence of programmatic impact.
- The platform aggregates data from a variety of sources, like financials, and field monitoring data captured through the Akvo FLOW mobile tool
Water For People’s RIR platform demonstrates how effective data gathering and analysis can support smarter decision-making that leads to social change. Water For People’s use of RIR has revealed:
- 14% increase in water coverage in the 30 districts where Water For People works
- 26% increase in levels of sustainability across the 30 districts, thanks to data that informs programming and prompts local stakeholders to assume key responsibilities
- Low levels of service in Kicukiro, Rwanda were not caused by lack of infrastructure, but by insufficient water supply, prompting local government and Water For People to augment the supply so people will have the water they need to stay healthy year round.
- Increasing tariffs in one Honduras community would give local stakeholders the finances to invest in long-term maintenance and lessen their dependence on outside aid.