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Less Data, More Action

Stacks of monitoring surveys. Were they ever analyzed and acted upon?

From a recent article in Engineering for Change by Susan Davis

A few months ago, I was visiting rural health facilities where, in most cases, WASH conditions had deteriorated after previous interventions. I was thrilled when the implementing organization came back to me with a list of their planned actions for current and future programs based on the findings and recommendations. This is, unfortunately, rare in my experience. Many organizations do not have the funds, time, or mandate to actually use the data they are collecting.

If you’re not going to act on the data, or someone else cannot act on the data, why are you collecting it?

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