Environmental Funds have many different methods for monitoring their ongoing projects and working with grantees to ensure good tracking of expenses, activities, and outcomes. Most keep a spreadsheet of current projects and update it with regular field visits and grantee reports. The spreadsheet data is then used to complete more formal annual progress reports, scorecard checks, or develop full scale monitoring guidelines.
There are two major outcomes that Environmental Funds want to evaluate over time:
1) How well Environmental Fund grantees are expending the funds to enhance conservation outcomes; and
2) How they are growing their own – and their grantees – institutional capacity to effectively advance conservation outcomes in country.