In all sectors of development, prior to launch of a programme, COODU conducts a need-based Community Needs Assessment to examine the current priorities of the community that is to be followed up by an action plan for implementation.

Thus, COODU’s Community Needs Assessment extends to planning for Watershed development, income generating programmes for women, identification of needs of People Living with HIV/ AIDS, environmental development and so on.

Such assessments are done through participatory approach involving all affected people in the village/ group.



COODU was entrusted with the conduct of mid-term evaluation of 15 watershed projects under drought Prone Areas Programme in 3 blocks of Dindigul district in 1996.

COODU had performed the following tasks in the 1st batch of watersheds in the year 1998.

  • Research study
  • Collection of data
  • Data analysis
  • Submission of findings to DRDA, Dindugal.



Research-Monitoring-and-Evaluation-e1375459402452Concurrent monitoring and evaluation is critical for all projects.  COODU pursues stringent monitoring and evaluation of individual projects through periodic monitoring.

Monthly, Quarterly, Half-yearly Monitoring and Terminal Evaluation at the end of the project phase are important means of assessing project performance.

Key performance Indicators are developed on the basis of which projects are monitored.  More importantly, feedback obtained at the end of each cycle is fed into redesigning projects for maximum output.


Nirmal Gram Puraskar Award is an award given by Central Government to the Total sanitation villages. The villages to be selected for this award should have the following facilities – adequate personal and community toilets, drainage facilities, separate functional toilets for girls and boys in schools and clean and tide environment without waste water stagnation anywhere.

state_of_sanitationTo increase social mobilization in TSC implementation, by recognizing the catalytic role played by organizations in attaining universal sanitation coverage Organizations such as NGOs, CBOs and SHGs who have been the driving force for effecting full sanitation coverage in the respective PRI area, duly recommended and nominated by the State are eligible to be considered for the NGP. Only such organizations will be considered for the awards that have made outstanding contribution to the cause of sanitation.

Subject to the condition that the concerned Block/District Panchayat having got the NGP, organizations that have promoted innovations like accessibility to public toilets by differently abled persons, environment friendly garbage disposal, re-use and re-cycling of waste water and garbage, etc., or done exemplary work in special circumstances like disasters, difficult areas etc, may also be nominated by the State.

In 2008-09, COODU was one of the Non Government Organisations selected by the central government from Tamilnadu for the implementation of Nirmal Gram Purashkar scheme. COODU undertook investigation in the following districts of Andhra Pradesh i.e. West Godhavari, East Godavari, Srikakulam, Krishna and Vijayanagaram.  470 village Panchayats were investigated by the team of 60 members for the period of two months after which COODU submitted its final report to the Central government. The reinvestigating team of Central government also accepted and appreciated the work done by COODU organization.

The ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has assigned the organisation with evaluation of 385 Gram Panchayats in the State of Maharashtra in 2010-11.

The task entails household survey on drinking water supply and erection of Individual Household Latrines (IHHL). The entire area is inspected for cleanliness. Open defection, if practiced, is noted. Public toilets are inspected to ascertain availability of water and cleanleness. Safe disposal of solid and liquid wastes are monitored. Drainages are inspected for collection of liquid waste from households and safe disposal of sewerage. COODU had carried out evaluation in the districts of Nagpur, Parbani, Nanded and Nandurbhar and submitted the findings to the ministry.


COODU was assigned study of Social and Environmental Impact OF IAMWARM Project in Agniyar sub-basin in 7 blocks of Tanjore District in the year 2011-2012.

The multi-dimensional team from field inspections interacted with people in the 7 blocks and officials from the departments of PWD, Agriculture,
Horticulture, Agricultural Engineering and statistics and submitted the findings to the PWD-Environmental cell division – Coimbatore.