Any project can and should have an element of monitoring, which essentially means keeping track of different stages and results of any action (or inaction). Broadly, the process includes implementation, effectiveness, and ecological monitoring. Implementation monitoring asks if the action occurred in the way it was designed or contracted. Effectiveness monitoring looks at the action’s broad results and how they match expectations. Ecological monitoring explores topics more in depth, often requiring research and extended periods of time.
While these monitoring elements are a helpful start, we aim to expand what can be monitored by including socio-economics (local economies, mills, industry, etc.), environmental justice, bees, spillover effects on neighboring areas, outreach and education, and more. You can also read our blog where we dive even deeper into the idea of monitoring.