Toolkit: Marine litter retention, Project monitoring and evaluation

Not to be confused with monitoring marine litter, project monitoring should be understood here as a management tool. Project monitoring and evaluation is the process of systematically collecting, recording and organising information about your project’s activities and results. Regular project monitoring and evaluation will help you to assess the impacts of your project and to identify lessons that can be used to improve future projects. It will also help you to prove to any organisations providing funding or other support that the project is on track to achieve what it plans to achieve and can help you to complete reports that you may need to submit to financing authorities.

Setting the right indicators during the planning of your project will help you to monitor your project. Indicators are quantitative or qualitative factors or variables that provide a means to measure achievement of objectives. The section Planning your project provides guidance on setting indicators.

During the project, you should record information related to the indicators and targets you have defined in the project plan. Various means of data collection can be used, depending on the type of data you need. You might collect information about the number of participating fishermen and vessels or the amount and composition of marine litter collected. You may even wish to survey fishermen on their attitude towards marine litter before and after the project as an interesting way to measure whether their behaviour has changed. 


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