Funders and other stakeholders need to be given evidence of project outputs and outcomes. An audit of Mossaic projects fulfills several important roles:
- it allows the requirements of stakeholders to be identified and an assessment made as to whether they have been met
- it enables the short-, medium- and long-term effectiveness of the project to be evaluated
- it identifies the extent of behavioural change, and demonstrates whether ex-ante landslide risk reduction is a viable risk management policy
Auditing impacts can therefore be expected to be of interest to four audiences: the intended beneficiaries, the agency with the contractual or legal responsibility to the funding source, scientific researchers and development practitioners. Whilst a brief overview of project evidence is available in a 2012 World Bank briefing, follow-on specific questions include : does it work? does it pay?, is there evidence of uptake, and are there co-benefits attributable to the implementation?
“What gets measured is what counts….This focus on outcomes helps policymakers choose the best options for serving poor people. It helps the providers know when they are doing a good job. And it helps clients judge the performance of both.” (World Bank 2004, p108)