Publication: Monitoring and Evaluating the Poverty Impacts of Agricultural Water Investments
Monitoring and evaluating (M&E) the poverty impact of agricultural water investments may allow some conclusions about returns on different types of investments and their contributions to poverty reduction. This paper recommends the following: involve beneficiaries early in the M&E process -- broad consultations and early involvement of users in the design and implementation of the M&E system will do much to build consensus and ownership; use beneficiary self-assessments and other participatory approaches so that assessments can be made midcourse -- there may be a long time lag in realizing a reduction in poverty from agricultural water-related projects, and the poverty impact often cannot be evaluated until well after a project ends; keep the number of indicators collected within manageable proportions; and ensure that a good baseline survey is undertaken -- without a proper baseline, it is difficult to monitor progress and evaluate the impacts of investments.
“Sur, Mona. 2006. Monitoring and Evaluating the Poverty Impacts of Agricultural Water Investments. Agricultural and Rural Development Notes; No. 15. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/2157afb3-80af-51a9-bdb7-ee4a52f8b578 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”