It has been an enriching experience for me to oversee the process monitoring activity being conducted in five districts of Karnataka. Government of Karnataka is implementing the Karnataka State Rural Livelihoods Mission-SANJEEVINI –a centrally sponsored programme through Karnataka State Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (KSRLPS).

Sanjeevini program envisages social, financial and economic empowerment of women through formation of Self Help Groups (SHGs) and its federations at ward and Gram Panchayat levels. The first phase of implementation is being undertaken in 20 taluks/blocks covering 5 districts which is also meant to serve as resource blocks for further expansion in the state. The process monitoring assignment is for a period of one year starting from June 2016.

The process monitoring essentially an activity independent of the activities of implementing the project and runs alongside of the implementation, observes various processes for its intended objective, reach and how it spans out in the field along with the results. The process monitoring covers both the processes at the community level and the project implementing level. It constantly feeds the implementation team with the monthly monitoring reports, short films, case studies and thematic reports. This is expected to fine tune the implementation of project while it is being implemented. This is an important feature of the process monitoring unlike the evaluation activity which is post implementation.

While the initial two and a half months was been confined to setting up of systems and personnel for process monitoring as well as development of the tools, the actual monitoring has started from the third month. Given that the data started pouring in from the third month, there are interesting insights, evidences of good progress, cases of minor deviations, community responses, interactions with the project implementation team that are providing us with valuable information to be shared with the project implementation team.

We are at an exciting stage wherein we are about to share our insights and findings with the field implementation team at the district level. I am sure that the implementation team is also excited to hear us.

Madhusudhan B.V.
Senior Research Fellow