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The Verification Cycle: Step by Step

Lessons learned from verifying the DFID WASH Results Programme Verification in Practice #1


This practical note has been written to guide those involved in commissioning or managing Payment by Results (PbR) programmes through an example verification cycle. Produced by e-Pact, the Monitoring & Verification (MV) team for the DFID WASH Results Programme, the note outlines the nine steps of the programme’s verification cycle and their typical order and timing.

The WASH Results Programme is a PbR programme in which the implementing partners, suppliers, only get paid for results that have been independently verified (see About the WASH Results Programme, for more details). This puts pressure on the design of the verification system to give DFID good quality, timely information on which to base payment decisions. Since much of the data used are generated by the suppliers’ own systems, verification for the WASH Results Programme is different to that of other PbR programmes (which may rely on data collected by independent third parties to make payment decisions).