Desk study of good practice in the development of PRSP indicators and monitoring systems: initial review of PRSP documentation

Desk study of good practice in the development of PRSP indicators and monitoring systems: initial review of PRSP documentation

PRSPs do not focus on implementation processes and intermediate project outputs sufficiently

This report reflects the first stage of a desk study of good practice in the development of PRSP indicators and monitoring systems.

The article focuses on five main areas that are of potential importance in PRSP monitoring:

  • input monitoring (budget reforms and expenditure tracking)
  • timely monitoring of implementation processes (by established and innovative means)
  • measurement of poverty-related outcomes and impacts (by surveys and participatory assessments)
  • measures to enable PRSP stakeholders to have and use information
  • steps to enhance the use of available data for analytical purposes

The article finds that:

  • the measurement of final poverty outcomes/impacts is about to take a substantial leap forward in most countries
  • final poverty outcome measurements are heavily emphasised
  • monitoring of implementation processes and intermediate outputs has a long way to go, and is generally neglected by comparison
  • the choice of indicators for PRSP monitoring needs to be linked to the content of the strategy, particularly at the level of intermediate outputs and processes
  • a closer look at the indicators actually selected suggests that they are the result of bringing together those already agreed for different projects, programmes and concessional loans. They are not integrated by an overall rationale

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