Towards improved use of monitoring data

Lessons from Partos member organisations

In development cooperation monitoring is associated with gathering data for filing reports that are rarely used as the basis for broader reflection or to inspire practitioners to develop new and creative solutions. For most organisations, the potential to use monitoring results for learning is therefore under-utilised. Therefore, a Working Group on Monitoring and Evaluation (made up of various Partos members) conducted a survey amongst members of Partos in order to identify the factors that constrain the use of monitoring data. The results of this study and the follow-up are published in “Towards improved use of monitoring data”.

As expected, the results of the survey showed that monitoring is considered to be a practice that is predominantly geared towards fulfilling upward accountability to donors. Also, the survey resulted in a list of the most important factors that constrain the use of monitoring data. Examples of these factors are: organisations often don’t have enough capacity in order to analyse the data and the way the data is presented is often not very appealing for the potential use of the data. The research also gathered a number of cases describing how various Partos members have tried to address one or more of these factors.

This publication was developed in the framework of the Partos learning platform. In 2016 the working groups of the learning platform transformed into labs as part of The Spindle. Therefore this publication is considered to be the first deriving from The Spindle.

Date of publication: May 2016
Extra: read the full report of the conducted survey

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