Tag Archives: water and sanitation

Measuring open defecation behaviour in India

| October 29, 2018

Open defecation poses significant health risks for individuals and communities across the globe. The practice affects vulnerable populations through diseases such as diarrhoea, schistosomiasis and trachoma, which often lead to stunting and malnutrition in children. Open defecation is particularly prevalent in India, which is home to 59 per cent of the 1.1 billion people in
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When will researchers ever learn?

| April 7, 2014

I was recently sent a link to this 1985 World Health Organization (WHO) paper which examines the case for using experimental and quasi-experimental designs to evaluate water supply and sanitation (WSS) interventions in developing countries. This paper came out nearly 30 years ago. But the problems it lists in impact evaluation study designs are still
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How much evidence is enough for action?

and | March 4, 2014

One of the most useful ways in which evidence from rigorous evaluations can be used is to help policymakers take decisions on going to scale. Notable recent examples of scaled-up interventions based on high-quality synthesised evidence are conditional cash transfers programmes and early child development (pre-school) programmes. Both types of programmes have been piloted and
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