What is SIASAR?
SIASAR – Rural Water and Sanitation Information System – is a joint initiative launched by the governments of Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama with the strategic objective of having a basic, updated, comparative information tool on rural water supply and sanitation services in a country.
The SIASAR platform includes methodologies and tools which are combined to cover the whole of the foreseen work cycle in the conceptual model, that can be summarized as follows:
Data gathering: it spells out an accurate methodology to gather data directly in the field using mobile devices. The technical team or local surveyor (expert in water and sanitation) can collect information from rural communities, systems, water utilities as well as technical assistance providers.
Data editing: all data can be edited after being collected in the field and before their review and validation.
Data validation: to ensure quality of the data, they are validated before final data uploading.
Information queries: the core of SIASAR is its consultation and analysis capabilities. SIASAR has designed a series of indicators and a classification system on the status of each of the sector’s elements. All data collected is then translated into useful information for monitoring and planning interventions in the rural water supply and sanitation sector.
Report generation: the reports are designed to facilitate review and validation in the field by the local technical teams, and allow other users (sectoral experts, the public at large, etc.) to analyze the information generated.
Publication and use of information: SIASAR includes the option for exporting data in several editable formats, allowing their widespread use and guaranteeing that all agents can harness them as a baseline for their plans and projects.