The High Level Panel (HLP) on the Post–2015 Sustainable Development Agenda called for a ‘Data Revolution’ (DR) to underpin transformational shifts for attaining sustainable development. According to the United Nations (UN), the Data Revolution is designed to support “transformative actions needed to respond to the demands of a complex development agenda” including National Development Plans (NDPs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among others. The implementation of the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) responds to the call by the HLP.

The CBMS refers to initiatives by the local people or organization to regularly monitor their community’s well-being and share the findings at all levels of administration to inform the planning process for better service delivery. As part of the process, village registers can be established or updated. The implementation of the CBMS in Katakwi district generated a lot of useful information at household, village, other levels of administration. Although, in most cases CBMS’ generate quantitative data, one of the data collection modules generated qualitative data to complement the quantitative findings.

As part of the CBMS implementation, enumerators were recruited locally and trained. The trained enumerators will support other data collection exercises in addition to updating the CBMS data. If supported, the enumerators could be key in the creation of long-term and decentralized CBMS, where the majority of the collection and interpretation of data is directly managed by local communities for the sustainability of the programme. Download full report here