Participatory Impact Monitoring

PIM is especially suitable for self-help organisations and for NGOs who aim at members’ active participation in identification, planning, implementation and evaluation of their projects.

It is not necessary for outsiders to observe and evaluate activities. This often brings negative feelings and is seen as “control”. PIM encourages internal reflection and evaluation of activities by group members. Members will be motivated to assess the outcome of their efforts because they are most interested in the results of their activities.

Results from PIM are meant primarily for group members, to observe, assess and direct their own activities.

Another advantage is the reduction of information which has to be documented and interpreted. The danger of producing “data cemeteries” which are collected and stored, but not evaluated diminishes, since the group collects and documents the info itself.

Once or twice a year, there will be “Joint Reflection Workshops” with other groups at the same level of the organisation (horizontal exchange) or with other levels of the organisation (vertical exchange). Results of PIM are shared, so members can learn from each other and improve communication flow. Experiences with the PIM procedures are evaluated so the method can be improved.