Effective domestic water sector management and policy development requires quantitative and qualitative intra-household water use data. However, there are currently limited methods, and efforts, to collect such data. This paper outlines the Water Diary, a participatory research method to generate intra-household water use data. Combining self-reported individual water use and interview/questionnaire responses, the diary offers a rich mix of numerical and attitudinal data. Representing an alternative approach to domestic water use data generation, key strengths of the Water Diary lie in its automatic generation of gender disaggregated data and capacity to encourage behaviour change.
Keywords: gender, gender disaggregated data, intra-household water use, participatory research, sensitising, water diaries, water research, water management