Saturday, May 26, 2018

Developing a Community-Led Integrated Monitoring and Baseline Process


The Community-Led Integrated Monitoring & Baseline process builds the capacity of community groups to develop their own monitoring system based on a clear theory of change as well as the tools to collect & share data at baseline & over time. It can also be designed to aggregate information for impact monitoring. This workshop will help participants explore co-creating a community-led monitoring system with their target clients or beneficiaries by: fostering discussion of challenges & best practice around community-led monitoring systems; building capacity in methods of simplifying program cycle concepts for low literacy populations; & practicing basic participatory tools included in the process.

The process fosters shared values & collaboration; creates the space needed for the community to build on their own strengths to collect the information needed for sustainable impact & advocacy; & contributes to the body of experience in developmental evaluation, from theory of change to baseline results dissemination.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the opportunities, benefits and challenges to establishing a community-led monitoring system through facilitated group discussion exercises so they can assess whether they can apply it in their own projects or contexts.
  • Participants will learn how to simplify technical evaluation concepts, such as theory of change, indicator development, sampling, analysis, for low literacy populations by experiencing some of the CLIMB process and applying it to a case study.
  • Participants will learn the key steps and acquire a suite of tools for developing a community-led monitoring system process to apply to their own context by practicing some of the CLIMB tools and sharing of experience.



Elaine Stavnitzky

Elaine has worked 15 years in community-based international development. She piloted the CLIMB process in 4 countries in Southern Africa with World Vision. The results have been shared internally to World Vision & externally to InterAction’s Effectiveness & Program Evaluation Working Group. Manuals & facilitation guides have been published internally to World Vision. A baseline report highlighting the process & its results was prepared through one of the programs in Zambia & shared.


Schedule | Saturday, May 26 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Language | English

Level | Intermediate

Prerequisites | Participants will need to have a basic understanding of theory of change, theory of participatory method, & developmental evaluation as well as previous experience with developing quality indicators.