Results at a Glance:

Spotlight: Sustained User Adoption


Our adoption rate is an important measure of the use of dispensers. It is a percentage of randomly sampled households that tested positive for Total Chlorine Residual in their drinking water during an unannounced visit. 1.5% of all dispensers are evaluated every month. For the first three months of evaluation in a new region, 2% of all dispensers are monitored. A random selection of 8 households are interviewed at each dispenser by our Monitoring and Learning Team.  

You can track adoption as a key performance indicators in this live dashboard for Dispensers for Safe Water. 

Spotlight: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Dispensers' Live Dashboard

The Monitoring, Learning and Information System (MLIS) team supports the Dispensers for Safe Water program in collecting data at all stages of program implementation: from identification of suitable water points, to dispenser installation, to monthly performance monitoring. 

Performance monitoring of Dispensers for Safe Water is done on a monthly basis by MLIS data monitors across Kenya, Uganda and Malawi. Data is collected from a randomized sample of of all installed dispensers to ensure an 80 percent confidence interval and a 10 percent margin of error. The sampling is stratified by geography (program, country and field office). MLIS monitors interview eight households at every water point visited. 

The MLIS monitors collect data electronically using smartphones with the Open Data Kit (ODK) software installed.  The MLIS monitors do an initial spot check at the sampled water point to check that the chlorine dispenser is functional and contains chlorine. They then conduct household surveys to measure rates of chlorine adoption in the community. This is done using a chlorine testing kit which tests for the Total Chlorine Residual (TCR) in household water. 

The MLIS data management team cleans any incoming data from the field and it is then passed onto the data analysis team.  Every two months the analyzed data is shared with program teams. The results are broken down by field office, country program, and overall adoption results. Results are also shared with teams on the MLIS management information system, or progMIS, so that all staff have immediate access to the uploaded data.