Regular Data Monitoring
The Hunger Project collects data on its activities and outputs on a quarterly basis and stores it in a dynamic, web-based data-monitoring platform. This information informs us on regular activities that are conducted in our program countries. Primary data on program outputs is often collected by animators, volunteers who have been extensively trained in data collection methodology. They may collect information on the number of women’s empowerment training sessions held and the number of attendees; how much grain is stored in the food bank; and how many children are enrolled in the program’s nursery school. They may also monitor overall project implementation and progress, such as which community members are contributing to a construction project and what services they are providing.
This information is then communicated to The Hunger Project staff on a monthly or quarterly basis. After the data is submitted, The Hunger Project conducts an audit to ensure that reliable data was collected, as well as to gather information on local conditions that may have affected activities. This audit examines the data in the context of targets and past activity. The results of the audit support our program teams in understanding how they are performing in comparison to the goals that they have set for themselves, how program activities have adapted over time, and whether current programs remain on track.