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The sixth chapter of the toolkit will introduce you to some of the ways of producing monitoring data. Community-based monitoring is about citizens coming together to observe, analyze and produce data about the activities of the government, donors or private companies. This act of watching or monitoring is fundamental to having accountability in a democratic society. BREAK THE MONOPOLY. The government, donors and private companies try to maintain a MONOPOLY ON INFORMATION in order to protect their own interests. Opening up financial documents, internal memos and meeting notes for public scrutiny makes people feel vulnerable to criticism and attack. Insecurity is at the heart of keeping things secret and away from the public.

Sometimes, this can mean PHYSICAL INSECURITY, where a construction company does not want to disclose their project documents because they fear being bombed by an armed insurgent group. Other times, it can mean POLITICAL INSECURITY, where a government ministry may falsify statistics to show economic growth and prosperity even when there is a severe budget crisis because the leadership is afraid of losing the next election. Or, a politician may not disclose his or her private assets for fear of being accused of corruption. There are also instances of REPUTATION INSECURITY, where donors who may be doing excellent work, but will still not disclose information on their development programs because they are afraid of the media attacking their reputation.

Each of these actors are required by law to make certain information PUBLIC, however, even with the information, it is hard to verify whether the information being given by the government, donors and private companies is 100% accurate. That is where monitoring comes in. It is the creation of alternative forms of information that can either confirm or contradict the official narrative and facts. This chapter presents some of the ways that you can produce monitoring data with community members to create alternative information about the progress and quality of infrastructure projects in Afghanistan.

  1. Why is Data Important?
  2. What is Data?
  3. The Research Process & Survey Methodology
  4. Our Baseline/Endline Survey Methodology
  5. Monitoring Data: Quantitative
  6. Monitoring & Evaluation: CBM

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