Step 2.05 , Design Studies
Design studies are undertaken to strengthen the technical, scientific, financial, and/or political basis on which decisions are being made.
Design studies may be undertaken for a range of purposes and may extend beyond the Design Phase. Learn more below.
Design studies help build the technical case and evidence-base underlying the Water FundDesign studies are a critical step in the development process that guides the refinement and/or establishment of measurable goals for a water fund. These results of these studies directly inform decision-making and help build the underlying technical case and evidence-base that supports the overall strategy that is outlined in the Water Fund Strategic Plan (e.g. types of interventions implemented, conservation targets, expected outcomes, etc.).
Design studies help inform design-making processesWhether it pertains to a financial, technical, or social aspect of the Water Fund's scope of work, design studies will likely help to reduce uncertainties. See below for examples.
Design studies should be selected and scoped based on the priorities of the Strategic PlanDesign studies should be selected and scoped appropriately based on how they help achieve the Water Fund’s Theory of Change. For instance, if the first 5-year Strategic Plan’s focus is to establish credibility within the region and conducting an exhaustive technical study on infiltration rates will not help achieve related 5-year goals, it may not be a priority among the limited resources available. However, if this factor becomes critical for establishing the scalability of specific interventions, it may be necessary to complete it sooner. Investing early in other long-term factors such as the importance of an environmental baseline for measuring progress should not be overlooked. Given its importance, monitoring and evaluation is covered in a standalone, subsequent section.