Why is it important to track your progress?
At the start of your project you do not yet have tangible results and clear benefits to stakeholders. That means that you must ‘sell’ the potential benefits to possible project partners and other stakeholders to encourage their involvement. Unless you have defined clear criteria of success, the only visible aspect of your project is the activities you are engaged in. Stakeholders need to see that these activities are designed to create tangible benefits in terms of energy change (even though this benefits have not yet been materialized). Tracking progress towards success criteria and concrete indicators of success, helps you to:
- Reassure existing participants
- Inspire new program participants
- Extend the outreach and range of your project (eg. securing future funding)
- Motivate your staff and team