Report: AWS Impact Evaluation Phase One

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Report: Impact Evaluation of the Alliance for Water Stewardship System (Phase One Findings)

Project Overview

To better understand the impacts of the AWS System, we are undertaking an independent impact evaluation. The project focusses on AWS Standard Certified Sites around the world and how their activities may contribute to changes in sustainable water management.

In the first phase of the study, a desk review of 54 AWS Standard Certified sites was conducted across a range of geographic regions, sectors, certification levels and operation types.

Key findings

  • The study suggests AWS Certified Sites are moving progressively toward the five AWS Outcomes: Good Water Governance, Sustainable Water Balance, Good Water Quality, Important Water-Related Areas (IWRAs), and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for all.
  • Research points to Good Water Governance as the most commonly supported of the five AWS Outcomes.
  • Analysis indicates the AWS Standard is helping to steer sites toward collective action to address shared water challenges.

Impact Evaluation of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) System

AWS Impact Evaluation Phase One Cover Image with water-related imagery

Phase Two

The second phase of the AWS Impact Evaluation will examine impacts related to the Good Water Governance Outcome in more detail, using a large and diverse sample of AWS Certified Sites. Phase Two of the study is planned for publication in 2025.

If you have any questions related to the report or the longer-term project, please get in touch with Dr. Lisa Bunclark, AWS Knowledge & Learning Coordinator, via our contact form.