Toolkit: Marine litter retention, Planning your project, Expected outcomes

See also: Your local situation | Objectives | Project budget

Defining a set of expected results will help you to monitor whether your project is on track to meeting its objectives – the expected results should therefore be aligned with the project objectives. Indicators are quantitative or qualitative factors or variables that provide a means of measuring achievement of objectives (and therefore of results). When possible, the results should be specified using quantitative indicators as these enable clearer targeting and tracking. If this is not practical, results can be described in a qualitative manner. You will find some examples for indicators below as well as in the project plan template. Targets can also be set by setting out the value for each indicator that you expect to achieve in your project by a given point in time. Targets are often broken down by year, and can start off quite modest and grow each year.  

The list below provides examples of expected results, qualitative and quantitative indicators that you could use in a marine litter retention project:

  • Expected result: Fishermen collect marine litter.
    • Indicator: Number of vessels participating in the project
      • Target: A certain number of vessels by the end of the first year of the project; an increased number by the end of the second year of the project, etc.
    • Vessel participation rate (calculation method: number of participating vessels divided by total number of vessels registered in the participating ports)
      • Target: X % of all vessels in the intervention area participates in the project by the end of the first year of the project, X% by the end of the second year etc.
  • Expected result: Marine litter is removed from the sea.
    • Indicators:
      • Tons of marine litter collected under the project
      • Tons of marine litter collected per vessel (calculation method: tons of marine litter divided by number of vessels).
  • Expected result: Marine litter is managed in an environmentally sound manner.
    • Indicators:
      • % of ML disposed of at a licensed engineered landfill
      • % of ML incinerated in a licensed facility with energy recovery
      • % of ML recycled.
  • Expected result: Improved knowledge of the type and location of marine litter in the area.
  • Expected result: Better community awareness of the causes and impacts of the marine litter problem in the area.