PILOT PROJECT: REMOVAL OF MARINE LITTER FROM EUROPE'S FOUR REGIONAL SEAS
Toolkit: Derelict Fishing Gear Retrieval, Project monitoring and evaluation
Not to be confused with monitoring marine litter, monitoring should be understood here as a management tool. Project monitoring and evaluation is the process of systematically collecting, recording and organising data on specified indicators to provide management and co-financing authorities (and other main stakeholders) with indications on progress (in the implementation of your project’s activities) and achievement of objectives and progress in the use of allocated funds. As discussed in the section on project results, indicators are quantitative or qualitative factors or variables that provide a means to measure achievement of objectives and results.
Various means of data collection can be used, depending on the type of data you need. You may even wish to survey fishermen on their attitude towards DFG before and after the project as an interesting way of measuring whether their behaviour has changed.
Arranging independent reviews of the technical, environmental, financial and managerial performance of the project may be useful in getting feedback on the progress and achievements of your project.
Monitoring helps to improve decision-making, through immediate feedback of performance-related information into the management process. The data collected will also help to document the project and to substantiate progress reports that may have to be submitted to co-financing authorities.
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