Changing the way we change the world

Consulting for implementing organizations and donors

Technical & strategic advising

Your organization wants to improve its impact. We bring the evidence, experience, and networks you need. We help donors select and manage grantees. We help development organizations with strategic planning and program design. We can reality check your innovations, too.

Example project: Improve International helped to select proposals for water point rehabilitation and manage the grantees from grant award through project completion for an anonymous family foundation.

Example project: The Millennium Water Alliance is a coalition of America’s leading charities working to bring clean, safe drinking water and sanitation to millions of the world’s poorest people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In 2014, Improve International designed and facilitated their strategic planning process, which included stakeholder interviews, landscaping, SWOT analysis, face to face board meetings, and drafting the plan.

Example project: The Center for International Water and Sustainability at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) has been asked by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to work with IRC on post-construction support activities for water services in Ghana. Improve International supported this work including a review of the water landscape in Ghana, review of studies, and site visits in Ghana to meet with government and other stakeholders to develop recommended entry points and methods for IRC to facilitate support of water services through a circuit rider program.

Post-implementation monitoring & evaluation

How do you know what works over time?  How do you decide what to invest in?  We can help you with cost-effective monitoring and evaluation, from selecting key performance indicators to performing an evaluation of sustainability or collective impact.

Example project: On behalf of the donor, Susan Davis led the team that conducted a sustainability evaluation of multiple water and sanitation projects conducted by multiple organizations in response to cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe.

Example project: We facilitated the first Water for Life rating, which is an independent certification of long-term sustainability for the international water, sanitation and health (WASH) sector, developed by Water1st International. The overarching aim of the rating system is to allow individual and institutional donors to target their funding toward the most successful WASH programs by providing them with independent assessments based on actual project results. Learn more.
Contact us if you would like to support an incentive fund for organizations to get rated, or to nominate an organization for a rating.

Funder Collectives for More Effective Partnerships

This series of face-to-face meetings and webinars are intended to highlight innovative ways of funding and partnering to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6. Our first one, held in Washington, DC and hosted by Results for Development, featured the Osprey Foundation and IRC partnership on the Agenda for Change. The next gathering will be September 21 in New York City, and will feature the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s work on results-based financing for sanitation with IDE and Thrive Networks.  Contact us for more information.

Read about the first event in Washington DC here.

Pre-mortem facilitation

A proven way to identify and address challenges to sustainable services during the project design phase. We bring lessons learned from other organizations to help with problem prioritization and project re-design.