This manual published by Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) aims at creating a basic understanding of the concept, principles and steps of community monitoring.
This manual is based on the work that PRIA was involved in that included facilitating the process of social development and monitoring, and for guiding the process of developing models for community monitoring linked to community action, for child survival and development in six project sites in India.
This manual is divided into three key sections:
- The first section deals with the conceptual understanding of monitoring and community monitoring and why it is important to involve communities in monitoring the projects
- The second section highlights the key steps involved in community monitoring, which also includes experiences generated from facilitating social development monitoring in Dharali village in Uttarkashi district. Each step provides some useful tips for facilitators who wish to aid community monitoring
- Step I: Identify key issues and problems or concerns
- Step II: Building indicators on the issue identified
- Step III: Identify interested actors, their roles in collecting information
- Step IV: Develop methods and tools for checking, collection, aggregation and analysis of data
- Step V: Help actors take action at the lowest possible level and arrange for actions at other levels
- The third section highlights the key principles, which one should keep in mind while facilitating community monitoring
A copy of the manual can be accessed from this link