Monitoring and evaluation approaches in water resources project design: experiences from an urban water system climate change adaptation project in Indonesia

Larson, Silva, Kirono, Dewi G.C., Tjandraatmadja, Grace, and Barkey, Roland (2016) Monitoring and evaluation approaches in water resources project design: experiences from an urban water system climate change adaptation project in Indonesia. Water Policy, 18 (3). pp. 708-726.

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Abstract

Water research projects are often interdisciplinary and participatory in nature. Scientists and managers involved strive to create learning that advances science in various fields while providing benefits for society. They also face challenges of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for accountability and measurement of impacts, required by funding agencies. In this paper we tested selected M&E processes and methods for their potential to increase capacity in a cross-cultural inter-disciplinary research setting of an urban water research project. A total of eight different qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods were assessed using two processes: self-evaluation by researchers, testing five methods; and the external evaluations by stakeholders, testing three methods. Both processes were found useful. Of the five self-evaluation methods tested, the Logical Frameworks method was deemed a good planning tool but not one contributing to learning. The qualitative (Factors of Success and Obstacles/Enablers) and the Best Case/Worst Case Scenarios quantitative method were effective learning methods. Tracking Change was found suitable for measuring learning. We recommended that a combination of methods be used in order to capture the full dynamic of projects in various stages. Explicit timelines for indicators and measures of project success are recommended for managing expectations of both researchers and funding agencies.

Item ID: 42124
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1366-7017
Keywords: capacity building and learning; integrated climate change assessment; joint knowledge production; Makassar; Mamminasata; project M&E; self-evaluation and external evaluation; stakeholder evaluation
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 00:04
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160599 Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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