Step 6 Monitoring and Evaluation

Measuring the impact of the projects in your Action Plan

View the full Green Flag criteria, resources and examples below

Monitoring and Evaluation Criteria

In order to achieve the international Green Flag Award a school must meet the following criteria.

  • Your Eco-Committee monitors the effectiveness of their Eco-Schools topic actions: via data collection, our topic specific National Call to Action surveys (or other national surveys), before and after photographs etc.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation outcomes are communicated to your whole school and on display on your Eco-Board.
  • Evidence and data collected has been analysed and evaluated to help your pupils develop further topic actions.
  • OPTIONAL FOR FIRST GREEN FLAG: Some of your monitoring and evaluation data has been used in the curriculum, for example creating graphs and charts or statistical analysis in maths lessons (this also supports Step 4: Curriculum Links).

Monitoring and Evaluating Resources

We understand that this can sometimes be the hardest of the steps,  here are some ideas and resources to help keep a track of your topic work.


Your methods of monitoring will depend on the targets and measurement criteria set out in your Action Plan, as well as the age and ability of pupils, staff and helpers. You may wish to consider the following forms of monitoring:

Meter readings to show the effects of energy/water-saving activities.

Litter/waste audits to show the effects of litter/recycling initiatives.

Calculating financial savings from bills to show the effects of energy/water-saving initiatives (where meters are not accessible).

Questionnaire to gauge opinion changes that have taken place from pupils, staff, residents, local community. Carrying out this type of measuring complements whole school involvement.

Before, during and after photographs as visual evidence to support your Green Flag application/assessment.

Listing evidence of wildlife/species to show the effects of school grounds development.

Remember to log in to your Eco-Schools account for more resources too.

Bar Chart Template

Pie Chart Template

Eco-Schools Team Tips

Don’t worry if your actions haven’t been as effective as you’d hoped, your Green Flag Assessor may just ask what you will do differently in the future.

Monitoring and Evaluating FAQs

This is the step we are asked the most questions about, if we have not covered something below please get in touch, we are always happy to offer advice and ideas.

How do we monitor and evaluate?

You can monitor and evaluate a variety of ways some of our suggestions include: before and after photographs, surveys, charts, tables, reports or meter readings. Any way that you can generate numerical data that can then be put into graphs and charts is the most straightforward way.

One of our actions wasn’t successful, what should we do?

At Eco-Schools we acknowledge that the programme is student-led and that not every action the students decide on will be a success. If your school has implemented an action and it hasn’t been a success we still advise you to use this as evidence towards your Green Flag application.

One of our actions isn’t complete, what should we do?

Some of the actions that your Eco-Committee decides upon may take a long time to complete. As long as you have began implementing the actions and can provide evidence of this then please do not hesitate to apply for your Green Flag Award.

What evidence do we need for Step 6: Monitoring and Evaluation?

During the final stages of your Green Flag application, you will be asked to provide a photograph of your Eco-Board. Evidence of Monitoring and Evaluation on your Eco-Board could include: before and after photographs, surveys, charts, tables, reports or meter readings. You will also be asked to briefly list some examples of the monitoring and evaluation you have carried out on your online Green Flag application.

How much evidence do we need?

We request evidence for each of the three topics in your Action Plan for first Green Flag applications and evidence of monitoring and evaluation for all five topics for Green Flag renewals, this evidence should be presented in a variety of ways- i.e not all bar graphs.

School Examples

Morecambe Road Specialist School, Morecambe

Teachers and students in Morecambe Road Specialist school were really enthusiastic about completing a litter pick as part of the Great Big School Clean. Delighted by the success of their litter pick Teachers and pupils decided to complete follow up lessons based on their findings as part of Step 5: Monitoring and Evaluation. A great example of this was a lesson where they collated data about crisp packets and created bar graphs to show the most popular flavour that each class collected. The students really enjoyed creating their bar charts, because they had a real life context!
There was also a follow-up assembly where pupils looked at photographs from the Clean and shared thoughts about how it went. Most pupils and staff decided they would like to do another one using words like 'proud' and 'fun.'

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