Performance Assessment System for Evidence based Decision Making in Water and Sanitation Services: Implementation Experience and Lessons Learned

February 2022

This article was originally published by Stanford's program on Water, Health and Development, with support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation as part of a series of online Water Data Dialogues where a series of think pieces were authored by water sector and data management experts from a variety of institutional and geographic perspectives.

This article talks about the performance assessment system (PAS) programme which , thirteen years ago, started a journey to assess water and sanitation service (WSS) levels in two states of India covering 402 cities (population of 58 million). Now, it supports more than 1000 cities of India (population of 160 million). PAS is a benchmarking tool for monitoring WSS sectors in developing countries. It also provides better information and evidence for effective decision making. In this article, we go beyond talking about these results and discuss how PAS data are being used, for action and its impacts, on WSS in India.