SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://forum.susana.org/ Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:11:42 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://forum.susana.org/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png SuSanA - Forum http://forum.susana.org/ en-gb Re: WASHTech video and TAF (Technology Applicability Framework) now online - by: AParker http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#8205 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#8205
www.washtechnologies.net/en/taf/case-studies/details/28

Hope this is useful but do get back to us with any questions.]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:15:49 +0000
Re: Information on Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) by WASHTech - a neutral approach for investigation of WASH technological innovation - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#8175 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#8175
For those who were not able to attend, or would like to watch some parts again, we have now made the recording of the WASHtech webinar available on Youtube through the SuSanA video channel:



(Posted by Roslyn)]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:09:41 +0000
TAF Webinar 12th March 2014: responses to questions - by: SKATAOL http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7793 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7793
Jeremy Kolitz: I see how the TAF can be a good decision-making tool for considering sustainability on the community-level after listening to the case studies from the presenters. But I guess it's a bit less clear to me how it can be used effectively for determining scalability/reproducibility outside the pilot communities. Do separate consultations need to be held at a higher level to see how things like policy would need to be developed further to facilitate scaling up?

Within each country the TAF is anchored in an institution which serves as the host and sees to the application of the TAF. This Host Institution should be one that has oversight responsibility of WASH services delivery or technology development and certification. These institutions tend to have policy making responsibility or make technical input into policy making process. The Host Institution should own the TAF application process even if it is being applied in small district or area.

The presentation of results during the TAF application also includes documentation of all key findings (so behind the traffic light colours are these key findings) that need to be taken up after a decision on the technology.

The interpretation of results also includes a decision on what possible steps need to be taken to remove blockages to sustainability and scalability. These decisions are then described and defined for the necessary actions by the relevant stakeholders within a timeframe in a guide for Technology Introduction Process – TIP (a sister tool to the TAF). Some of the possible actions could be in the area of policy review/formulation, capacity development, supply chain development, social marketing, etc.

By Benedict Tuffuor, TREND


Jeremy Kohlitz: It seems like there is a fair amount of subjectivity in selecting a +, 0 or - for each aspect. Does the manual provide guidance for this?


The TAF methodology tries to address the issue of subjectivity through different approaches:
1) Data used for the scoring are collected from desk work and from the field. In the field visit which happens before the scoring workshop all relevant actors should participate.
2) The data used for the scoring will be verified and presented prior to the scoring workshop to all participants to make sure that the inputs are correctly captured.
3) The TAF application needs some upfront preparation and a strong facilitator. Aspects such as vested interests and potential conflict which might come up during the scoring workshop should be identified or anticipated during the preparation of the workshop. For the scoring different options exist to handle strong opinions or to allow particular groups to express themselves e.g. by splitting up in subgroup as done in Nicaragua. Recommendations on how to deal with subjectivity and strong speakers are also provided in the TAF Manual. The Manual also provides some hints on how to structure the field work incl. the workshop.

By André Olschewski, Skat

Elisabeth von Muench: Are there any plans to make a web-based tool out of this (with the assessments etc.) or is it not worth it because the main benefit is the real discussions with the stakeholders in one room?


Within the three rounds of TAF testing the issue of developing an IT based tool was discussed several times. Finally it was agreed not to develop an IT based tool exactly as there was the strong concern that by this the real discussion and exchange would be stopped. The exchange and sharing together with the visualisation of the result were perceived as key benefits of the TAF. However what has been discussed and is on the radar of the WASHTech partners is to develop a “TAF light” which will allow a rough but quick screening on the applicability of a technology. This tool might be an IT-/web-based solution.

By André Olschewski, Skat


Elisabeth von Muench: what is the "popular" Eco Toilet (IEP)?

In the case presented by Joshua Briemberg from Nicaragua it is a pour flush toilet which is flushed with one flush of about 1 liter of water. However there is no separation of urine.

By André Olschewski, Skat


André Olschewski
Water, Sanitation and Environmental Management Specialist

Skat Foundation
Vadianstrasse 42, CH-9000 St. Gallen, Switzerland
web: www.skat.ch

Skat_Swiss Resource Centre and Consultancies for Development]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:47:01 +0000
Re: 12 March -16h00 : SuSanA–WASHtech webinar on Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) - by: tmsinnovation http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7769 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7769
A few questions came up at the end of the webinar, that we were unable to answer due to time running out, I have copied them in below and will ask each of the presenters to answer the questions directed at them respectively, here in the forum over the next few days.

Jeremy Kohlitz: It seems like there is a fair amount of subjectivity in selecting a +, 0 or - for each aspect. Does the manual provide guidance for this?


Elisabeth von Muench: Are there any plans to make a web-based tool out of this (with the assessments etc.) or is it not worth it because the main benefit is the real discussions with the stakeholders in one room?


Elisabeth von Muench: what is the "popular" Eco Toilet (IEP)?


I will let you know via this thread as soon as the recording of the webinar is available.

Kind regards
Trevor]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:33:20 +0000
Re: 12 March -16h00 : SuSanA–WASHtech webinar on Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) - by: fabiola http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7765 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7765
Thanks for letting me know about the TAF webinar and its applications in Latin America. Surprisingly enough, we just got back from a work mission in Bluefields, Nicaragua, where hanging latrines in the bay area are -sadly, very common in the squatter settlements...
Unfortunatly I missed the webinar by a few hours- please advice on how Sarar can get updated on this!
Gracias, Fabiola]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:52:01 +0000
Re: 12 March -16h00 : SuSanA–WASHtech webinar on Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) - by: jkohlitz http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7764 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7764
I see how the TAF can be a good decision-making tool for considering sustainability on the community-level after listening to the case studies from the presenters. But I guess it's a bit less clear to me how it can be used effectively for determining scalability/reproducibilty outside the pilot communities. Do separate consultations need to be held at a higher level to see how things like policy would need to be developed further to facilitate scaling up?]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:16:50 +0000
SuSana Webinar on TAF; 12th of March 2014 - by: SKATAOL http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7732 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7732
as Elisabeth correctly indicated in 2013 there were webinars in which the two tools developed within the WASHTech project were presented in a general way.

This upcoming webinar is different from previous webinars as it focuses more on the Sanitation side and in particular on field experiences from actors using the TAF. In this webinar a TAF user will have inputs who was outside the WASHTech project and used the TAF without any external support. This webinar will offer the participants the opportunity to get independent feedback.

I hope you will enjoy this webinar.

Best regards

André

André Olschewski Water, Sanitation and Environmental Management Specialist

Skat Consulting Ltd. Vadianstrasse 42, CH-9000 St. Gallen, Switzerland
web: www.skat.ch]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:40:15 +0000
Re: 12 March -16h00 : SuSanA–WASHtech webinar on Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) - by: tmsinnovation http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7731 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7731 Will webcams of presenters and of participants be allowed in this webinar (I like the use of webcams in the Adobe Connect meetings; I think Webex also supports this; however most webinars don't encourage use of webcams for participants, only for presenters, due to bandwidth restrictions).

We will not be using webcams, due to bandwidth restrictions.

Who is the target audience for this webinar and how is it different to previous webinars about the TAF? E.g. I attended the webinar which was mentioned here in this thread: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any...framework-now-online - would I benefit from participating again or would it mainly be a repeat?


The target audience is practitioners.
This webinar will focus on experiences from using TAF in the field.
Less theory more practice.

So yes, Elisabeth, you would benefit from attending again!

Rgds
Trevor]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:36:43 +0000
Re: 12 March -16h00 : SuSanA–WASHtech webinar on Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) - by: tmsinnovation http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7702 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7702
How come SuSanA is hosting this event, did it have any involvement in the WASHtech project, or is it mainly because Skat is a SuSanA partner?


Well the WASHtech project had a number of SuSanA partners involved and this is great to see SuSanA partners cooperating and collaborating with each other, while coordinating their efforts and then communicating it to the community. So this is really an example of the SuSanA spirit in action.

Will there be a recording of the webinar made available afterwards on the SuSanA Youtube channel?

There will be a recording of the webinar made available afterwards. Skat Foundation who is hosting the technical side of things has in the past used Vimeo to put up recordings of their webinar series for the RWSN. I will look into getting a copy up on the SuSanA youtube as well.

Will webcams of presenters and of participants be allowed in this webinar (I like the use of webcams in the Adobe Connect meetings; I think Webex also supports this; however most webinars don't encourage use of webcams for participants, only for presenters, due to bandwidth restrictions).
Who is the target audience for this webinar and how is it different to previous webinars about the TAF? E.g. I attended the webinar which was mentioned here in this thread: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any...framework-now-online - would I benefit from participating again or would it mainly be a repeat?


I will get back to you on the last two questions, as I will need to double check with André and Sean at the Skat Foundation.

Rgds
Trevor]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Sun, 09 Mar 2014 19:18:43 +0000
Re: 12 March -16h00 : SuSanA–WASHtech webinar on Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) - by: muench http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7686 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7686
Thanks for inviting us all to this webinar on the TAF that was developed by the project WASHtech which has now come to an end.

I have a few small questions:
  • How come SuSanA is hosting this event, did it have any involvement in the WASHtech project, or is it mainly because Skat is a SuSanA partner?
  • Will there be a recording of the webinar made available afterwards on the SuSanA Youtube channel?
  • Will webcams of presenters and of participants be allowed in this webinar (I like the use of webcams in the Adobe Connect meetings; I think Webex also supports this; however most webinars don't encourage use of webcams for participants, only for presenters, due to bandwidth restrictions).
  • Who is the target audience for this webinar and how is it different to previous webinars about the TAF? E.g. I attended the webinar which was mentioned here in this thread: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/39-any...framework-now-online - would I benefit from participating again or would it mainly be a repeat?

Kind regards,
Elisabeth]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Sat, 08 Mar 2014 08:25:07 +0000
12 March -16h00 : SuSanA–WASHtech webinar on Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) - by: susanaforum http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7682 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7682 www.washtechnologies.net

When: 16h00 CET on 12th March 2014 (Time converter: www.worldtimebuddy.com/)

Webinar outline:
15h30- Webinar room open
16h00- Welcome by Trevor Surridge (SuSanA secretariat)
16h05- Introduction to TAF by André Olschewski (Skat Foundation)
16h15- Questions on André's presentation
16h20- Experiences using TAF in Ghana by Benedict Tuffuor (TREND)
16h30- Questions on Benedict's presentation
16h35- WaterAid’s experience adapting and applying the TAF to a pour-flush toilet option in the Nicaraguan Caribbean by Joshua Briemberg (WaterAid)
16h45- Questions on Joshua presentation leading into an open Q&A session
16h59- Closing and wrap-up from Trevor
17h00- End of Webinar

Webinar Chair: Trevor Surridge (SuSanA secretariat)
Moderation Support: Sean Furey (Skat Foundation)

To participate you need to register:
To register send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and clearly state “TAF webinar” in the subject and you will be sent an invitation link to the Webinar.

Technical requirements:
For the technical requirements for WebEx:

If you have any questions about the webinar post them in reply to this post or email them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Look forward to your participation.

Regards
Trevor



About TAF:

The Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) provides a neutral approach for investigation of WASH technological innovation through an objective examination of criteria in the key dimensions:
  • Technology performance
  • Market potential and scalability
  • Institutional support
  • Innovation and planning
  • Sustainability of service provision
  • Potential and process uptake of new technologies

The TAF comprises a screening assessment that does an initial assessment of the need for that technology in the context in which it is going to be applied and identify any show-stoppers. Those that pass this then undergo a more thorough assessment that uses 18 scoring sheets based on the six sustainability indicators above for three distinct perspectives: the user, the producer/implementer, and the regulator/investor.



Watch the introduction video:

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WG 1 (cap. development) Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:34:56 +0000
Re: WASHTech video and TAF (Technology Applicability Framework) now online - by: carmendsw http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7225 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7225 www.engineeringforchange.org/news/2014/0...ne_technologies.html

The webinar presents two tools developed by the WASHTech consortium. The Technology Assessment Framework helps assess the potential of a certain technology to provide sustainable service and work at large scales in a given context. The Technology Introduction Process (TIP) defines the roles of key actors needed for the successful introduction and scaling up of technologies in a country.

Both tools have been tested in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Uganda with input from government representatives, academics, civil society, local technology producers and technology users.]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:42:13 +0000
Re: SSWM Training-of-Trainers course in Hyderabad, India - by: dorothee.spuhler http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6653-sswm-training-of-trainers-course-in-hyderabad-india#7070 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6653-sswm-training-of-trainers-course-in-hyderabad-india#7070 The presentations hold in Hydrebad are available upon request (email to me, and attached to this post).
But most of the topics do have fact sheets with PPT on the Toolbox as well (which are always online available or offline in the downloadable offline full version of the Toolbox, www.sswm.info/content/welcome-offline-version-sswm-toolbox):
Water and Sanitation as a Human Right: www.sswm.info/category/background/backgr...water-and-sanitation

The one from Banka BioLoo has to be requested from Sanjay, email me and I can make the contact (I have the PPT but he asked me not to share…)

Dorothee]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:54:33 +0000
Re: WASHTech video and TAF (Technology Applicability Framework) now online - by: carmendsw http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7058 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7058 Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Sustainability

Presented by: André Olschewski, Water, Environmental Management and Spatial Planning Specialist, Skat Foundation; Benedict Tuffuor, Programme Officer, TREND Ghana; and Jo Smet, Senior Programme Officer, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre

Date: 21 January 2014

Time: 11:00 a.m. New York, EST (convert to your time)

for more info: www.engineeringforchange-webinars.org/]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:48:08 +0000
Re: December 11, 2013 Webinar - Introducing and scaling up sustainable water and sanitation technologies - by: carmendsw http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7057 http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/54-wg-1-cap-development/6343-information-on-technology-applicability-framework-taf-by-washtech-a-neutral-approach-for-investigation-of-wash-technological-innovation?limit=12&start=12#7057 www.irc.nl/page/82386:

You can read a short blogpost about the webinar on WASHTech's project weblog: washtechafrica.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/...tation-technologies/

Also, all the publications and tools from WASHTech are available on the resource base www.washtechnologies.net. This site has a discussion forum and allows people to upload and share cases of application of the Technology Applicability Framework (TAF)]]>
WG 1 (cap. development) Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:44:23 +0000