For NADB and BECC, it is important to know that the projects they certify and finance are not only completed as designed, but also perform as intended to improve the environment and related health conditions for border residents. To that end, a results measurement framework is applied to every project as a systematic means for establishing, monitoring and documenting the achievement of objectives and results related to the investments made in environmental infrastructure.
For every project, a results matrix is developed, in consultation with the project sponsor, which identifies the objective(s) of the project, the anticipated inputs (resources invested and implementation activities) and outputs (infrastructure built or services provided), as well as expected outcomes and related indicators. Timeframes and the methodology for measuring results and any expectations regarding information required from the sponsor are clearly defined in the results matrix at the time of project certification and financing approval.
Results are measured upon completion of each project through a closeout process that assesses project performance within 6-12 months after completion, as well as the achievement of the goals and objectives established at the time of project certification and financing approval. A more in-depth impact assessment is performed on select projects where baseline data is available and after at least a year in operation.