Bijnor District adopts novel innovation to monitor sanitation
The "War Room" is a unique innovation adopted by Bijnor District Administration to monitor sanitation related behaviour change, toilet construction and design, facilitate beneficiary targeting, build overall accountability in its SBM and ODF campaign and even "monitor monitoring groups." Originally, a concept borrowed from political and electoral campaigns in democratic set ups, Bijnor has been the first district to successfully adapt it to implementation of a government development scheme. Staffed with 4 "trackers" and 11 computer data entry operators for Bijnor's 11 Blocks, the War Room is intentionally located in the District office to maintain proximity to decision makers. It functions like the brain nerve center for sanitation work and has three specific tasks: to hold the CLTS trainers accountable across the District by monitoring their daily attendance and field activities geared towards community behavior change and meeting ODF targets, to enter and update all officially required beneficiary and toilet information on the SBM national website and to respond to any other data or sanitation related information request by the administration. In addition to the District War Room, there are 11smaller "Block Level" War Rooms that mirror monitoring work at Block level, regularly coordinate with District War Room to address any data and information needs and identify field level challenges and communicate to District level. The simple but dynamically implemented innovation has helped catalyse sanitation coverage, created an institutional monitoring mechanism, helped deepen CLTS-led behaviour change, activated community monitoring efforts and streamlined administrative functioning.