Project monitoring is a systematic and continuous assessment of the progress of a project and its induced changes over time in relation to its planned activities and inputs as well as its outputs, use of the outputs, outcomes and impacts. It also includes the proper documentation, reflection and learning. Project plan can be adjusted following the assessment findings. The main purpose of project monitoring is to keep track of all project-related metrics including project team performance, identifying potential problems and taking corrective actions necessary to ensure that the project is within scope, on budget and meets the specified deadlines.
The monitoring should be a balancing act between donor requirements (outcome and impact orientation) and the implementing organizations own internal requirements and learning.
Organizations that implement projects needs to be well-prepared at the different stages of the project cycle such as project planning, implementation and monitoring. They need to understand the project logic model and project design that visualizes the desired changes during the project life. A number of tools and templates should be prepared in order to help achieving the monitoring purposes.
From the 6th to the 9th of August 2019, VBNK facilitated a training workshop in Siem Reap on the topics of project monitoring with the support of EWMI. There 24 participants (4 females) coming from 18 NGOs to attend this training.