Resources for Information Management and Preservation What is Monitoring?

What is Monitoring is a practical handbook aimed at human rights defenders who closely observe a situation on an ongoing basis, to determine whether actions for human rights protection should be taken. The text explores the following topics: 

  • aims of monitoring
  • actors in the monitoring space
  • methods of gathering data
  • different approaches to monitoring situations and individual cases

What is Monitoring was originally published in 2003. Since then, technology has grown more sophisticated and the demands of human rights work have evolved. However, many of the ideas contained within remain applicable today. 

For human rights defenders who require an introduction to the basics of monitoring, this handbook is a good place to start.

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