Monitoring

The term ‘monitoring’, in the context of partnering, means systematic tracking and reviewing of activities, outcomes, and outputs. Designed well, monitoring combines story capture, achievements to date, and opportunities for making changes. It can provide a solid foundation for making decisions about when, where, and how there may be room for new initiatives and/or innovation.

Monitoring focuses both on the collaboration process itself, as well as on the outputs, outcomes, and impact. Monitoring helps keep all parties focused on the aspired impact of the challenge partners want to address throughout all stages of the partnering endeavour. Information captured through systematic, participatory, and user-friendly monitoring processes can help to keep track of unintended benefits and consequences. These include issues that may require mitigating measures or may even lead to significant changes in the partnering arrangements or in the constituent parts of the endeavour.

GUIDING QUESTIONS

  • What do we want to monitor at the outcome level?
  • What do we want to monitor at the partnering process level?
  • What is needed to create space for analysis, reflection and emerging insights?
  • What process is necessary to learn from a partnering activity’s story to ensure that insights and lessons are incorporated into how things go forward?

RECOMMENDED PRACTICES

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

  • Operational plans regularly updated, reflecting emerging insights and lessons learned
  • Monitoring routines are co-decided and up and running