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Waterwise Evaluation Master Class Event - May 2013

iWIDGET partner, Waterwise have put together a guide to help water companies evaluate any water-related interventions, outlining different ways in which interventions can be evaluated (e.g. focus groups, surveys etc.). As part of their Evaluation Master class, Waterwise, held an event on the 23rd May at their offices in London. There were a number of participants, including representatives from Waterwise, Ofwat, Anglian Water, University of Exeter (another iWIDGET partner), Defra, Living Streets, UCL, The National Social  Marketing Centre and BPSR.

The goal of the event was to provide an overview of surveys and Case study evaluations. There were some very thought-provoking  presentations, which encouraged participant interaction and resulted in some interesting question and answer sessions.

The  topics covered were:

  • Evaluating water efficiency initiatives: Why bother?
  • Evaluating water efficiency initiatives: A water company’s perspective
  • Planning your evaluation: Key considerations
  • Beyond water meter data: An interactive session on using questionnaires and other customer feedback in evaluation
  • Beyond surveys: An interactive session on using interviews and focus groups in evaluation
  • Case study: Evaluating educational activities in schools, experience from sustainable transport  
  • Case study: Evaluating campaigns, experience from the health sector
  • Ideas for low-cost and low-effort approaches to evaluation
  • Evaluating robustly: What does that mean?
  • What for? How to make use of your evaluation results

iWIDGET at the WssTP – COST Strategic Conference

Prof. Dragan Savic spoke at the WssTP – COST Strategic Conference in April 2013 about Water Supply and Resource Management.

This joint conference is dedicated to the urban context and focuses on building bridges between research and water-related societal challenges. Its aim is to explore the cornerstones of water innovation and its applicable directions to the market.
It will also build on the Water Innovation Europe 2012 conference and contribute to the implementation of the European Innovation Partnership on Water.

It’s a unique opportunity for scientists, industry representatives, utility representatives, innovators and policy makers to contribute to
overcoming “the valley of death” between research and market application. Water in Europe represents a vital resource combining equally science and policy.Its future, in the highly demanding urban environment, interfaces important challenges that the water value chain needs to gear up facing them.

Details of the conference can be found here.

iWIDGET at the EU Experts Consultation on ICT for Water Resources Management

Prof. Dragan Savic was invited to take part at the EU Experts Consultation on ICT for water resources management held on 31st Jan 2013.

The outcome of an “ICT for water resources management experts’ consultation” has recently been published.
The report mentions various ICT domains under consideration to support the water sector and water resources management; furthermore several
presentations on various topics such as IWIDGET Improve Water efficiency through ICT’s for integrated supply-demand side management or URBANFLOOD, global monitoring of 10000 km of dikes can now be downloaded.
The full report and the presentations from the meeting are available here

iWIDGET at SWAN 2013 (23 - 24 May, London)

 Prof. Dragan Savić from the University of Exeter will be discussing “Smart Water University: Where Can I Sign Up?” - Focus for Smart Water in the academic community.

More Details to follow.