An Evaluation of Student Implemented Clean Water Programs in Ecuador.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA) is a non-profit, non-competitive, humanitarian
organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to
improve their quality of life, while training internationally responsible professionals
and students. This research evaluates case study Programs completed by two student
EWB-USA Chapters in Ecuador; to inform about ... read moremonitoring and evaluation which currently
receives minimal support from the EWB-USA Project Process. Project sites were visited
for an evaluation, at which point, water quality testing, household surveys, and key
informant interviews were conducted. Although the Programs varied by community, goals,
project type, implementation strategy, and evaluative metrics, a common narrative was
found between the student Programs. These commonalities were used to develop
recommendations on the Project process such as identification of measurable metrics,
enhancement of the EWB-USA Technical Advisory Committee, creation of an open source
network for intra-Chapter knowledge sharing, and creation of an online file-sharing and
database for Programs.
Thesis (M.S.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
Advisor: Douglas Matson.
Committee: Daniel Hannon, Daniele Lantagne, and Shane Rogers.
Keywords: Mechanical engineering, and Environmental engineering.read less