Evidence-Based Policy and Decision Support Tool

Posted on 20/02/2017 by Ryan Schweitzer

Aguaconsult teamed up with the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) who in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), the Korean Environment Corporation (KECO) and the Ministry of Environment, Republic of South Korea (MOE), was working to enable an evidence-based approach to water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) policy and decision-making.

 This project was designed with the outcome of a Policy and Decision Support System (SDG-PSS) that Government stakeholders can use to create a national-level evidence base, and to effectively collaborate through this Framework on the water-related issues of the 2030 Agenda. The anticipated final impact of the project is more comprehensive and effective evidence-based policy- and decision-making on water-related SDGs, which can lead to accelerated success in the achievement of the SDG targets related to water.

There are components related to the status of services, government/sector capacity, finance, policy and institutional assessment, gender, disaster risk reduction and resilience, and transparency.  These components of the of the Evidence Framework tool are all linked to the water related SDG targets and indicators.

 policy and decision support tool

Ryan Schweitzer led the development of the Financial Policy component, synthesizing indicators from various financial reporting tools including:

  • OECD (Integrity Toolkit, Creditor Reporting System, Stratic Financial Planning,  Financing for Environmental, Affordable and Strategic Investments that Bring on Large-scale Expenditure (FEASIBLE)
  • European Commission, IMF, and World Bank funded Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) programme
  • WHO tools including Track-Fin and GLAAS
  • WSP (Economics of Sanitation Initiative)
  • UNICEF- WASH Bottleneck Assessment Tool

Ryan attended a workshop in Hamilton, Canada in October 2016 to kick off a pilot of the which will take place in five countries: Republic of Korea, Costa Rica, Tunisia, Pakistan and Ghana.  Ryan presented information on the Financial Policy component of the tool.  That component along with the overall SDG-PSS tool is freely available for trial, use and review by policy makers, international organisations and water experts. It can be downloaded from UNU-INWEH's website

National level workshops on the SDG-PSS will be held from February 2017.   For more information please visit UNU's website.