Understanding work standards, project objectives, and results indicators

This post is one of four primary posts that discuss program or project monitoring for community development projects. Links to the other three posts are given below. If you search “monitoring” on this site you will find a number of other posts on different aspects of monitoring. I welcome your comments that will help me understand this important topic at a deeper level.


This post is one of two posts in which I examine how the terms standards, objectives and indicators, when used simplistically, create confusion and misunderstanding among practitioners and lead to ineffective monitoring. The other post is “Principles for reviewing…”


In this post I suggest definitions for each of the key terms. I also make a case for including defined adjustment procedures in a monitoring system so that management can respond quickly to discrepancies in performance or conditions. Click Standards Objectives Indicators to read the PDF document.


The primary companion posts are:

Introduction to project monitoring. LINK

Creating a project monitoring system. LINK

Principles for reviewing a project monitoring system. LINK

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