IDU Trip to Solomon Islands

Ecorys UK Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser, Amy Weaving, recently travelled to the Solomon Islands for a three-week short-term mission to the Solomon Islands, in support of her previous six week visit last September. Amy undertook the role of Monitoring & Evaluation Non Key Expert as part of the wider project providing ‘Technical Assistance to the Programme of Improving Governance and Access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH) for Rural People’. This three-year project (2016 – 2019) is supported by the European Commission and managed by Ecorys UK.

The overall project aims to improve the living conditions of the rural population through the implementation of the Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (RWASH) policy, including sustainable management of the systems and promoting system resilience to climate change. In particular, it aims to enable a healthier and safer environment in households, schools and clinics, particularly for women and children, reducing the impact of water borne diseases and hygiene related illnesses in rural communities.

The M&E assignment involves developing an M&E system for the whole WASH sector, coined the ‘RWASH Information System’. This consists of two complementary systems: one system to measure national community and health facility access to WASH in line with WHO/UNICEF ‘ladders’, and therefore measure national progress towards SDG6; and a second system to measure status of community and health facility WASH, including assessing the success of sector interventions. Alongside this, both a data collection application using Kobo and a website to display data using an interactive map are under development. The website will be publicly available to the Solomon Islands’ RWASH sector and other international stakeholders.

The project has successfully incorporated the health facility WASH access survey into the national District Health Information System (DHIS). This is collected by all health facilities nationwide every month by the facility staff and returned to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS).

Outputs under the RWASH Information System include:

  • Developing the necessary data collection tools, including flow charts to define how water and sanitation facilities should be categorised in line with WHO/UNICEF definition 
  •  The design of the system and wider framework
  •  Development of analysis tools
  •  Successful consultation meetings with the sector including coordination with WHO and UNICEF
  •  Extensive field testing of data including a four day mission to collect a 100% sample of one island in Central Province
  •  In-depth training of enumerators/MHMS staff
  •  Support to the recruitment of an M&E Officer within MHMS
  •  Delivery of a comprehensive roll-out plan

Amy had also told us that “The field work is great but it’s not all beach unfortunately! The latest mission included wading across a fast-flowing waist high river to survey a water system”. We wish the team the best of luck and further success as they continue on supporting this project.

For more information on the WASH Program, please contact Amy Weaving (M&E Non-Key Expert) or Eleanor Harvie (Project Manager).