Performance Benchmarking of WUAs

Benchmarking is a management process for measuring how a WUA is performing in comparison to either (a) other well-functioning WUAs, or (b) established standards or norms.
Thus if farmers within the command area of WUA X are only achieving average yields of 2 tonnes/ha of rice whilst farmers within the neighbouring WUA Y are achieving 4 tonnes/ha WUA X management might want to visit WUA Y to find out what they are doing to achieve their higher yields.  WUA X management can then take this knowledge home and implement improvements to raise the level of performance on their WUA.
The key elements of the benchmarking process are thus:
Collect data for specified indicators for your own WUA;
Compare the values of these indicators with the values of the same indicators for other WUAs;
If the values for your WUA are not as good as other WUAs investigate and find out what the causes and possible solutions might be;
Apply feasible solutions for your WUA and improve performance;
Set feasible (higher) targets to be achieved.
The process is summarised in the figure below:
Benefits of benchmarking
By collecting data and entering it onto this web site your WUA will (a) be able to calculate the values of a set of key indicators and (b) compare these values with other WUAs that have similar conditions (e.g. similar climate, crops, location, etc.).  This analysis will then enable your WUA to see where it is performing well or poorly compared to other WUAs, and will give an indication of measures that you might implement to improve your performance and targets that you might want to achieve.

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