One of the most crucial parts of this monitoring and evaluation system is the National WaSH Inventory (NWI2), an ambitious survey of all of the community water infrastructure in Ethiopia. There was a previous WaSH inventory - carried out in 2011 - but what makes NWI2 different is how it's being carried out: for the first time it will be fully digital.
And not only will it be fully digital, it will be on a scale unprecedented in the region: 3,924 tablets, programmed and equipped with Coffey's Cosmos data collection platform, will be issued to specially trained enumerators from across Ethiopia.
Through this software and training, they will be able to collect specific, verified, consistent and accurate information on water facilities throughout the country.
One of the key lessons from the pilot was to make sure that the communities that are being surveyed are aware in advance of the inventory.
Ethiopia has an effective network of WaSH Committees, and it is the leaders of these committees who will be able to provide the enumerators with much of the information they need. They will need time to prepare though.
If the chairpeople of the WaSHCos are notified in good time of the enumerators' visits, it will allow them to prepare and provide the enumerators with the fullest and most accurate information possible.
Logistics & arrangements
The pilot provided a crucial insight into the logistical details of this ambitious project - the sort of details that often only come to light when preparations are put into practice.
The pilot served its purpose as a test run perfectly and the NWI2 team were able to learn from the enumerators and participants, about the practicalities that they were facing, including travel arrangements, security conditions and expenses.
The two days of the piloting - the training session and the field exercises - ended with a comprehensive reflection session. During this session, Coffey's team opened the floor for any and all feedback that the enumerators and the Ministry staff had. It was highly productive session, that provoked discussions and questions that all focused on the singular aim of making NWI2 as efficient and effective as possible.
The next step is to take all this information - all the lessons, details and constructive comments - back to the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy. There, the Coffey team will work with Ministry staff to reflect these lessons in improvements to the full roll-out plan for NWI2.