The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) regularly conducts evaluations of projects to assess the impact of ARC spending within the Region. The EFC at UNC, along with researchers at Virginia Tech, completed an evaluation of 379 ARC-funded drinking water and wastewater projects. All of these projects were funded between FY 2009 and FY 2016, and completed by the end of FY 2018. The evaluation followed a mixed methods approach and assessed the impact of these projects on quality of life and economic development within the Region.
The report includes an Executive Summary, key findings and recommendations for ARC, 14 written case studies, and a literature and practice review of innovations within the water/wastewater sector. In addition, an infographic and five video case studies were developed.