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Design and Case Study Application of a Participatory Decision-making Support Tool for Appropriate Safe Water Systems Development in Marginalized Communities of the Global South

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Title: Design and Case Study Application of a Participatory Decision-making Support Tool for Appropriate Safe Water Systems Development in Marginalized Communities of the Global South
Author: Ali, Syed Imran
Department: School of Engineering
Program: Engineering
Advisor: Hall, Kevin
Abstract: This dissertation presents the design and case study application of a participatory decision-making support tool for appropriate safe water systems development in marginalized low-income communities of the global South. The tool focuses on the resolution of two key design decisions: 1) selecting the appropriate level of application (i.e. household or community level) for a safe water system; and 2) selecting an appropriate water treatment technology (or technologies). The tool breaks the process down into four stages. First are pre-implementation steps which develop a contextualized, baseline understanding of the local community. Second is community-based field research, including focus groups and key informant/informal interviews, to investigate the two key design questions by exploring local preferences, capacities, and circumstances with community-members, government officers, NGO workers, and other stakeholders. Third are analytical steps to integrate information from baseline, informal, and primary research to generate recommendations on the two key design questions. This includes a comparative analysis of household and community level systems; a technology feasibility flowchart; performance assessments of technological alternatives with respect to appropriate technology criteria; and a multi-factor analysis to integrate information from the preceding analytical steps. Fourth are community forums in which further participatory action and research is planned on the basis of the recommendations emerging from the tool. Through these steps, the decision-making support tool guides implementing organizations through the stages of safe water systems design and planning in a manner that centres local people in the process. The tool weaves together several theoretical and methodological strands including humanitarian engineering, post-normal science, appropriate technology, participatory development, grounded theory, engineering decision-making, and water treatment engineering. The case study application of the decision-making support tool was conducted in a marginalized peri-urban community called Mylai Balaji Nagar in Chennai, India. This indicated that a household level approach is more appropriate for the case study community and that the TATA Swach filter, alum coagulation with chlorination, or boiling, in order of decreasing suitability, may be appropriate technologies for household application in the case study community.
Description: Decision-making support tool for appropriate safe water systems design
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3661
Date: 2012-05
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Ali_Dissertation_[final].pdf 53.84Mb PDF View/Open Main dissertation document
Appendix_A-Crit ... isals_of_Support_Tools.pdf 134.3Kb PDF View/Open Appendix A-Critical Appraisals of Support Tools
Appendix_B-AWSP ... ommunity_Survey_Report.pdf 8.603Mb PDF View/Open Appendix B-AWSP Baseline Community Survey Report
Appendix_C-AWSP ... nitoring_Status_Report.pdf 244.6Kb PDF View/Open Appendix C-AWSP Baseline Health Monitoring Status Report
Appendix_D-AWSP ... lity_Monitoring_Report.pdf 1.845Mb PDF View/Open Appendix D-AWSP Baseline Water Quality Monitoring Report
Appendix_E-Tamil_Ethics_Consent_Form.pdf 68.88Kb PDF View/Open Appendix E-Tamil Ethics Consent Form
Appendix_F-English_Ethics_Consent_Form.pdf 56.32Kb PDF View/Open Appendix F-English Ethics Consent Form
Appendix_G-REB_certificate.pdf 34.47Kb PDF View/Open Appendix G-REB certificate
Appendix_H-FGD_I_Session_Guide.pdf 63.64Kb PDF View/Open Appendix H-FGD I Session Guide
Appendix_I-FGD_I_HH_Images.pdf 1.898Mb PDF View/Open Appendix I-FGD I HH Images
Appendix_J-FGD_I_COMM_Images.pdf 336.2Kb PDF View/Open Appendix J-FGD I COMM Images
Appendix_K-FGD_II_Session_Guide.pdf 56.80Kb PDF View/Open Appendix K-FGD II Session Guide
Appendix_L-FGD_ ... ards_(Tamil_+_English).pdf 3.432Mb PDF View/Open Appendix L-FGD II Criteria Info Cards (Tamil + English)
Appendix_M-FGD_II_Ranking_Sheet.pdf 18.69Kb PDF View/Open Appendix M-FGD II Ranking Sheet
Appendix_N-Tech ... eria_Information_Cards.pdf 193.2Kb PDF View/Open Appendix N-Technical Criteria Information Cards
Appendix_O-Technical_Criteria_Ranking_Sheet.pdf 17.88Kb PDF View/Open Appendix O-Technical Criteria Ranking Sheet
Appendix_P-TNSC ... N_with_water_dist_ntwk.pdf 3.811Mb PDF View/Open Appendix P-TNSCB-Sogreah map of MBN with water dist ntwk
Appendix_Q-AWSP_Filter_Summary_Report.pdf 2.338Mb PDF View/Open Appendix Q-AWSP Filter Summary Report
Appendix_R-AWSP_Filter_Lab_Pilot_Testing_Data.pdf 87.22Kb PDF View/Open Appendix R-AWSP Filter Lab Pilot Testing Data
Appendix_S-Primary_research_raw_transcripts.pdf 5.418Mb PDF View/Open Appendix S-Primary research raw transcripts
Appendix_T-Sele ... Matrix_Weighting_Array.xls 197Kb Microsoft Excel View/Open Appendix T-Selection Tool Matrix Weighting Array
Appendix_U-MWA_Output_(Scenario_A).pdf 16.35Kb PDF View/Open Appendix U-MWA Output (Scenario A)
Appendix_V-MWA_Output_(Scenario_D).pdf 16.31Kb PDF View/Open Appendix V-MWA Output (Scenario D)
Appendix_W-Technical_Criteria_Rankings_Summary.pdf 10.84Kb PDF View/Open Appendix W-Technical Criteria Rankings Summary
Appendix_X-MWA_Output_(Scenario_E).pdf 16.16Kb PDF View/Open Appendix X-MWA Output (Scenario E)
Appendix_Y-MWA_Output_(Scenario_F).pdf 16.42Kb PDF View/Open Appendix Y-MWA Output (Scenario F)
Appendix_ZA-Analytical_Coding_Tables.pdf 14.27Mb PDF View/Open Appendix ZA-Analytical Coding Tables
Appendix_ZB-Analytical_Memoing.pdf 78.19Kb PDF View/Open Appendix ZB-Analytical Memoing

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