Data Collection: Monitoring

Data monitoring is the process by which you bring together information about what it is that you are doing and then using it in a way to measure yourself against key deliverables and targets.

If you are delivering activity that is funded by a contract or a grant then it is essential that you are able to monitor the activity delivered so that you can provide reports to your funders.

Monitoring information on your activities can also be very useful in demonstrating to potential funders what it is that you do, helping you to build a strong case for financial support for your work. We have a bank of resources available, including “Handy Hint Guides” and examples, which we are constantly adding to.

We can help you navigate through the tools below for anyone looking to improve their current processes. We can also offer more involved support in some cases, such as facilitating a focus group as an impartial party. We have some case studies below of how we have previously supported our members. Should your organisation require further ongoing support, for example designing a monitoring system for your organisation or support with evidencing a grant application, then please contact us to discuss.  Support requests are subject to availability/capacity within Visionary.


Monitoring and evaluation frameworks – NCVO/Knowhow offers examples and information on how to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework. It also provides tools on how to analyse quantitative data for evaluation.

Prove and improve toolkitNEF Consulting toolkit for charities to prove and improve their impact. It also provides various tools and methods for measuring impact and a range of practical guides on evaluation put in practice.

NPC’s four pillar approach – practical guidance on developing an impact measurement framework.


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