This toolbox section is part of the toolbox: Reflection-Action Cycle

R-A cycle 4 - Participatory monitoring & evaluation

Ongoing monitoring and evaluation are essential in order to ensure that organisations are able to:

  • learn from experience
  • adapt plans to respond to events
  • improve the effectiveness of future work
  • be accountable to communities and other stakeholders
  • report to funders and partners
  • share learning with other organisations
  • ensure that resources are used effectively

Almost any participatory tool can be adapted for use in monitoring and evaluation, provided that the same tool is used systematically at regular times during the life of the project (beginning, middle and end at the least). If you are starting at the mid-term and don’t have all the relevant baseline information you can ask participants to create a mapcalendar / tree, etc. to show what the situation looked like before the project started. This won’t be as accurate as one created at the time but will give you an idea of the changes that the participants feel have come about since the beginning of a programme or project.

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