Citizens monitoring

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The aim of citizen monitoring is strengthening primary stakeholders’ involvement as active participants to track and analyse progress towards jointly agreed results and deciding on corrective action. Moreover it allows a cyclical learning process to reflect continuously on the effects of the actions and to create conducive conditions for change and action.

Methods / Tools

Steps for citizen monitoring implementation

  • Building commitment and engagement at the community level;
  • Deciding on who participates and how this will evolve;
  • During the process:
  • Jointly establishing goals and expectations;
  • Tracking progress and information collection,
  • Joint analysis, sharing results and identifying action points
  • Communication and feed-back systems to community; to program, other stakeholders and fora

Tools required

  • Community Score Card (CSC)
  • Consulting and Monitoring Groups (CMGs)
  • Community-based monitoring (CBMES)


Database of citizen monitoring projects


  1. Goffredo S., Piccinetti C., Zaccanti F. 2004: Volunteers in marine conservation monitoring: Mediterranean Hippocampus Mission, a study on the distribution of seahorses carried out in collaboration with recreational scuba divers. Conservation Biology 18: 1492-1503
  2. Hunsberg C.,2004, Exploring links between citizen environmental monitoring and decision making: three canadian case examples
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