'العربية / al-ʿarabīyah
Watching Where We Are Going
by Phil Bartle, PhD
An often overlooked element of projects; we need to see where we are going if we want to stay on track and achieve our objectives
Earlier it was noted that monitoring is important, and needs to be included in the project design. Now that the project is underway, you need to ensure that it takes place.
Monitoring is as important as the action being monitored. See the training document: "Monitoring."
Remember the analogy of riding a bicycle? If pressing the pedals is the action, then watching where you are going (monitoring) is as important, if you do not want to go off track and fall down. You say that the people working on the project at the time can see what is going on, but that is not enough.
The whole rider is riding the bicycle, not only the eyes. The eyes must send reports to the brain which sends adjustment messages to the rest of the body. Different people work on the project in different ways and at different times, but the whole community (and donors) must know what is going on overall.
Now that the project is underway, it is your job as mobilizer to remind the executive that monitoring is part of the project design, is important, and must be carried out.
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