Has SuSanA been able to demonstrate impact on sanitation?

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Has SuSanA been able to demonstrate impact on sanitation?

Hi,

Something we have been unable to demonstrate with HIFA is actual impact (at scale) on health outcomes. Has SuSanA been able to demonstrate impact on sanitation?

(By way of introduction, HIFA (Healthcare Information For All) is a global health discussion forum, similar in approach to SuSanA. Our focus is on promoting the availability and use of reliable healthcare information to inform health policy and practice. We work in collaboration with the World Health Organization and are supported by more than 300 health and development organisations worldwide. HIFA has more than 19,000 members (medical students, health professionals, librarians, publishers, researchers, policymakers, human rights activists, and others) in 180 countries. www.hifa.org Join here: www.hifa.org/joinhifa )

I would also like to take this opportunity to invite all SuSanA members to join us for our upcoming WHO-sponsored thematic discussion on Community Health Workers.: www.hifa.org/news/who-hsg-hifa-collabora...ate-progress-towards

Best wishes, Neil

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Re: Has SuSanA been able to demonstrate impact on sanitation?

Hi Neil,

Your question from a month ago hasn't yet received an answer, so I would like to change that and bring it back to the attention of everyone.

My answer to your question would be: "no, we are unable to quantify this although it "feels" like it is the case and we have anecdotal evidence". I think it is really hard to demonstrate and prove the impact that knowledge management and networking activities have. Same with something like Wikipedia for example: how could we prove that the existence of Wikipedia has led to a more informed and better equipped public? Very hard to prove. We can investigate the click rates though for the Wikipedia articles. So whilst we as SuSanA are unable to prove the "end result" (better sanitation services at scale) we might be able to monitor and prove results along the intermediate steps, like "number of documents downloaded from the SuSanA library" as one possible indicator.

In November 2018, Simon Okoth created a document called "SuSanA Monitoring and Evaluation
Framework"
as part of the SEI-led consortium of SuSanA partners funded by BMGF. You find it here: www.susana.org/_resources/documents/defa...22-16-1558502531.pdf
(if the link is ever broken, find it here as the third last file in the list of downloads: www.susana.org/en/knowledge-hub/resource...library/details/3622 )

For each of SuSanA's four strategic objectives it lists:
- Expected Result
- Indicator
- Frequency
- Data Source
- Responsibility

What are SuSanA's four strategic objectives? SuSanA’s four strategic objectives are:

1. Ensure SuSanA products and services are curated and targeted and that they are a clear response to sanitation development
challenges facing sector stakeholders
2. Strengthen collaboration with customers in the “middle segment capacity gap” using the persona user profile model
3. Strengthen collaboration with other partners and networks including stakeholders at the in-country “grassroots” level (within
the sanitation sector and beyond)
4. Strengthen SuSanA’s organizational framework and impact in the sector


However, the table provided in the document is rather large, theoretical and unwieldy. One would have to employ several people to monitor all those indicators... so I think further work would be required to convert it into something that is workable. I think for the moment the document has been shelved and not yet put into action due to limited staff capacity at the secretariat.

We should probably learn from other similar networks which indicators and targets they use to show their constituents and funders that they are having an impact and are worthy of continuing?

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Elisabeth

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Re: Has SuSanA been able to demonstrate impact on sanitation?

Dear Elisabeth,

Thank you for your thoughtful reply. There is a paradox that is common to all communities of practice, whereby M&E is especially challenging and complex, and yet CoPs almost never have the capacity/resources to continue it comprehensively.

Exceptionally, back in 2011 the Rockefeller Foundation funded an external evaluation of HIFA which concluded: "HIFA achieves an extraordinary level of activity on minimal resources from which many people around the world benefit. It has significantly punched above its weight. However its ultimate success will depend on external funders providing additional funding, and of course continued effective use of these, if it is to achieve its ambitious plans."
www.hifa.org/sites/default/files/other_p...ion-Report-Final.pdf

This one-off evaluation cost twice as much as the operational budget for the whole year! The evaluation was widely acclaimed and gave lots of useful pointers for future M&E but - as ever - we have been constrained by lack of capacity/resources. Meanwhile, the Rockefeller Foundation decided that healthcare information (the raison d'etre of HIFA) was no longer a top priotrity, so we did not receive any operational funding from then despite the glowing evaluation report.

"We should probably learn from other similar networks which indicators and targets they use to show their constituents and funders that they are having an impact and are worthy of continuing?"

Yes, indeed, HIFA would be delighted to work with SuSanA on this. There is an excellent CoP called KM4Dev (Knowledge Management for Development) which we could connect with to assist us. Their remit includes M&E of knowledge management activities, including CoPs.

Best wishes, Neil

Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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