Sustainable Services at Scale (Triple-S) Initiative

Triple-S (Sustainable Services at Scale) is a six-year, multi-country learning initiative to improve water supply to the rural poor. It is led by IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Triple-S seeks to achieve water services for rural people that meet appropriate levels and are sustained over time. The nature of the water sector in a specific country determines how, by whom and through which partnerships the change required to achieve this vision will occur, and what kind of innovations, training, research and information are needed.

Action research with broad coalitions in countries is generating an evidence-base which—in addition to helping to change water sector policies and practices in these countries—is feeding up to the international level, where Triple-S is promoting a reappraisal of how development assistance to the rural water supply sector is designed and implemented.

IDS is providing external learning support to the international work stream of the initiative. This has included support with the Theory of Change, providing methodology support on monitoring and evaluating changes in policy and practice (e.g. Qualitative Document Analysis, Sensemaker, etc.), conducting annual reviews to synthesize data and learning, and providing support on recruitment of and roles for allies, ambassadors and champions.

Key contact

Photo of Elise Wach, Evaluation and Learning Advisor with the Impact and Learning Team

T: +44 (0)1273 915678


More details

Learning about Qualitative Document Analysis

IDS Practice Paper In Brief 13 (2013)
Wach, E. and Ward, R. with Jacimovic, R.
Project Dates:
January 2009 - December 2014
Project Status:
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Research Themes / Programmes:
Politics and Power
Water and Sanitation