Data Use and Reporting

Although the ultimate aim of monitoring is to enhance the effectiveness of the implementation process, the findings from monitoring efforts should not be squandered or misused. Data should be processed appropriately and subsequently shared both within the project team and with other stakeholders. The information should be tailored to the specific stakeholders’ interests and needs so it can be fed back into the project in a timely fashion to support decision-making and project adjustments.

Effective use of data/information depends on recipients’ decisions about when and how to put it to use. Strategies such as holding stakeholder dialogues, management action plans/meetings, decision and action logs can all be adopted to enhance knowledge uptake and the eventual utilization for action. The timing of data/information dissemination has a significant bearing on its uptake, and so the most conducive frequency and opportunities for data reporting should be identified. Table 9 illustrates data use and reporting plan for the mosquito nets project example.

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