Monitoring is an integral part of programming and essential to supporting staff’s understanding of their project and the impact it is having. Monitoring is a key step in ensuring that programmes are adapting to their own successes, learnings and changes in the wider environment.

Monitoring is only as good as those that carry it out. A cornerstone of effective monitoring approaches is building both the capacity within teams, to understand the need for regular monitoring and the skills and tools to undertake this in a way that is supportive of their ongoing work.

It is important to creating a culture of reflection and learning. Such a culture entails making sure that staff feel that they have the space to be able to discuss failures and challenges, and to adapt approaches accordingly.