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What makes a good indicator for a Payment by Results programme?

Lessons learned from verifying the DFID WASH Results Programme Verification in Practice #3


This practical note has been written to help those involved in commissioning or managing Payment by Results (PbR) programmes to set and agree good quality indicators. Produced by e-Pact, the Monitoring & Verification (MV) team for the DFID WASH Results Programme, the note suggests seven essential characteristics of a good PbR indicator and five additional characteristics that may be desirable.

The WASH Results Programme aims to support poor people in 12 countries to access improved water and sanitation, and to introduce improved hygiene practices. Three NGO consortia (‘Suppliers’) were contracted by DFID to reach 4.9 million people, initially. In response to DFID’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and as part of DFID’s strategy to tackle extreme poverty by delivering the ‘basics’ of development, including extending access to clean water and sanitation, WASH Results was expanded to ensure an additional 2.5 million people gain access, to be completed in 2021.