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Frequently Asked Questions
Sharing water point data increases the effectiveness and impact of data that has been collected. By sharing data with WPDx, national water point data can easily be used by many diverse stakeholders (i.e. local government, donors, NGOs, etc.) to more effectively support government objectives. Transparently sharing this data also allows for benchmarking water services in comparison to other countries. In addition these benefits, WPDx will automatically integrate any additional water point data collected from other sources and provide these updates on water points to the government. This allows the government to have the most updated possible understanding of water services in the country. Sharing water point data increases the effectiveness and impact of data that has been collected. By sharing data with WPDx, national water point data can easily be used by many diverse stakeholders (i.e. local government, donors, NGOs, etc.) to more effectively support government objectives.
Sharing data with WPDx does not impact or change data ownership. As per the “Data Provider Agreement” , the data is simply licensed to the Water Point Data Exchange under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license, available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. The original owner remains the owner even after the data is shared.
Any new data, whether new infrastructure or status updates, can easily be integrated into WPDx. New information updates but does not overwrite older information, preserving a historical record of information. Please find more technical information here on how updates are handled within WPDx.
WPDx shares information on water points. The only required information is the location, date of information collection, water point type/source, and whether water was present at the time of evaluation. An additional set of commonly collected indicators can provide more information if that information is available. The full standard is available here.
WPDx has made it as easy as possible to share data, and can provide as much support is needed to governments to integrate data at no cost. If the data is currently available as a .CSV file, all that is needed is adding one row with WPDx headers, as described at [link]. If the data is not currently in a .CSV or if any other help is needed, WPDx can provide all support required at no cost.
There is no cost to share data or access the data.
Stakeholders throughout the water sector can play a role in WPDx, even if they do not own water point data to share. This can include informing water point data owners about WPDx, introducing the WPDx team to different stakeholders, recommending that water point data be shared, and supporting the data sharing process in other ways.
There are numerous drivers of poor functionality. These could include weak governance and management of services, poor accountability of institutions tasked with providing support to users, poor quality implementation, a lack of financial resources for major maintenance and low user demand for services. Additionally, data is collected from a large number of countries/districts where governance structures are generally weak and users receive very little support with service management. These external factors impact the longevity of services. In order for functionality and service levels to be high there needs to be high quality infrastructure implementation and permanent institutions in place to support communities to keep services running. These institutions often don’t exist, particularly in the poorest and most marginalised areas.
Functionality datasets represent a snap-shot at one point in time. They do not indicate whether sources identified as non-functional will be fixed the next day, the next week or never - sources identified as non-functional are not necessarily permanently out of service.
Further, it is difficult to arrive at a useful comparison of different data sets without considering the context at play in each country/district where data sets originate. See "What factors can influence the long-term functionality of water points?" for more on this.
Data is provided "as-is" from data submitters, noted in the "source" attribute. Any attributes reformatted by the WPDx team are noted in the "converted" field. No additional validation or verification is done by WPDx.
Lastly, data on WPDX has been uploaded by multiple sources and may not be statistically representative of national water point functionality