We envision the Water for Life rating system to be an independent organization governed by a board of directors that consists of representatives from organizations that are involved in the system. Most members will be implementing organizations, but there should be board level representation of evaluators, funders, and academic institutions, too. The primary role of the board will be to agree up an evaluation protocol, to be sure that assessments take place according to the protocol, and that results are made public in a uniform fashion. The primary information that the system will offer is a Water for Life rating for every organization that wants to be evaluated.
The rating will be based on the results of a field evaluation conducted by an independent evaluator who is qualified to apply the Water for Life assessment protocol. Evaluations are organized by the Water for Life rating system members and attended by at least two member organizations, to insure uniformity of assessment and to allow for exchange of knowledge and ideas between practitioners. Once an organization has received a rating, it must be re-evaluated on a 2-3 year cycle to maintain a rated status. The goal is for organizations to cover the cost of the overall system through membership dues and evaluation fees. It is assumed that membership will result in greater ability to obtain funding and therefore worth the investment in membership and evaluation.