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Monitoring and evaluation for non-professionals

Using volunteers to collect important data for monitoring and evaluation is a growing phenomenon. Technology has made it easier and cheaper than ever before. But it can have drawbacks. How can mistakes and unintended biases be avoided? How can we ensure that the data are both high quality and useful?

Using a case study from Uganda, this guide describes how to ensure data collection by volunteers is done as professionally as possible. It will be particularly useful to organisations that use volunteer or non-professional data collectors but have limited experience in developing or implementing plans for effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E).

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  • IIED code: 17647IIED
  • Published: Mar 2019 - IIED
  • Area: Uganda
  • Themes: Biodiversity, Poverty
  • ISBN: 978-1-78431-679-2
  • Language: English

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Travers H, Roe D, E.J. Milner-Gulland, Zikusoka G, Ngabairano A (2019) Monitoring and evaluation for non-professionals: How to ensure quality in data-collection processes. Project Report. IIED, London.
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IIED supported a project in Uganda that sought to understand the links between supporting community health and conserving Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and its mountain gorillas.

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