Synchronizing Monitoring with the Pace of Change in Complexity: A Complexity-Aware Monitoring Principle
Richard Hummelbrunner and Heather Britt
This paper discusses synchronizing monitoring, one of three key principles underlying complexity-aware monitoring. This principle emphasizes the importance of attending to the time dimension of strategies and projects, and in particular, their emergent or dynamic aspects.
It is written from the USAID perspective and is meant for staff wishing to dig deeper into complexity-aware monitoring, in order to complement traditional performance monitoring.
Performance monitoring systems are designed to measure the results of country strategy results frameworks, project LogFrames and other project planning models.
Complexity-aware monitoring informs decision making for aspects of projects where agreement on the development problem and certainty about how to solve it are both low. It supports adaptive management by supplementing the information provided by performance monitoring.
It notes that four questions must be resolved when enhancing an existing performance monitoring system with complexity-aware monitoring:
- What do we monitor?
- When do we monitor?
- What monitoring approaches and methods do we use?
- How do we make sense of the data and apply it to decision-making to help steer the project effectively in complexity?
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