Sustainable Household / Sustainable Living

Project Twin Streams: Sustainable Living, Sustainable Household Programme Interim Process Evaluation Report

This evaluation of SLSH programme’s phase one (Jan 2008 – Jan 2009) focuses on the processes, methods and interventions selected to foster behaviour change towards more sustainable living behaviours amongst participating households and neighbourhoods.

Improvements suggested include better resourcing for follow-up with households, and more attention paid to identifying and utilising local community leaders or champions for improving the reach and relevance of SLSH methods in each neighbourhood.

Project Twin Streams: Sustainable Living, Sustainable Household Programme Outcome Evaluation Report: Phase One

This report describes the intended and unintended short-term changes that occurred as a result of the initial implementation of the SLSH programme, over the period Jan 2008 – Jan 2009.

Results indicate reduced water usage and positive trends in other areas such as increased composting and worm-farming; less plastic bag use; commitment to energy reduction and increased walking amongst participating households. The authors recommend continuing with SLSH as a programme, and suggest that the community development methodology adopted within Sustainable Ranui Swanson creates opportunities for neighbourhoods to share learnings about sustainability. It is suggested that this approach may offer significant advantages over and above individual household visits to retrofit water saving devices.

SLSH Process Evaluation Report: Phase Two (July 2008 to June 2009)

This report examines how well the Sustainable Living Sustainable Households activities were implemented during the second phase of the programme. The report identifies potential areas of improvement and responses to challenges and barriers that arose during the second phase.

Key themes were evident in the feedback from participants and in the focus groups and reflections of those involved in project delivery. These included the importance of reinforcement; the benefits of multiple pathways into the project and the influence of community norms. Actions towards more sustainable living tended towards taking affordable, practical and immediate steps (e.g. sewing lining into curtains, organising a curtain-sewing bee).