Targets need to be specific and evidence-based and indicators well-defined and measurable to enable a reliable assessment of implementation progress and project accomplishments and performance at completion. This project suffered from weaknesses in indicators and the results chain. Examples were inadequate links between intended outputs and outcome, lack of specific targets (output 1 and outcome), and poorly defined target (output 3). One impact target was misplaced (project staffing) and another was deemed unachievable (number of WUCSs confirming receipt of water services). Following the dropping of two gender activities assessed as overambitious and unachievable during the midterm review (MTR), the corresponding gender targets were likewise dropped. These weaknesses hindered a reliable assessment of implementation progress. Additional targets to measure project contributions to increased water availability across sectors and agricultural productivity would have been beneficial. Evidence-based and realistic targets would have enhanced project performance.
Karnataka Integrated and Sustainable Water Resources Management Investment Program - Project 1