Step 6 Monitoring and Evaluation

There are lots of different ways for you to monitor the impact of your Eco-Schools actions: before and after photographs of school grounds, graphs to show changing water usage, transport surveys, biodiversity counts, waste audits and many more. Speak to the Maths Department to see if they can use the data you collect during lessons – double hit for Step 4 Curriculum Links too!

Growth Mindset is a big thing for schools at the moment – it’s ok if everything does not always go to plan, learn from it. Think about your Eco-Schools actions in this way too. Did everything on your action plan work? If not, why not and how will you change it next time? For instance, not many students turned up to help plant some new seedlings at lunch – why? Was there another sports club or revision session on at the same time?  Was the weather bad? Did you give enough notice? Did people know about it?

Monitoring and Evaluation Criteria

In order to achieve the international Green Flag award your school must meet the following criteria.

  • Your Eco-Committee monitors the effectiveness of their Eco-Schools work via data collection or before and after photographs etc.
  • This evidence is communicated to the whole school and on display on your Eco-Board.
  • Some monitoring data has been effectively used in curriculum work for example creating graphs and charts on energy and water usage in maths lessons (this also supports Step 4).
  • Evidence and data collected has been analysed and evaluated to help pupils develop further actions.

Monitoring and Evaluation Resources

We understand that this can sometimes be the hardest of the Seven 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.

  • 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).
  • Questionnaires to show changes of opinion from other students, staff, residents or members of the local community. Carrying out this type of measuring helps with Step 5 Informing and Involving too.
  • Before, during and after photographs as visual evidence including seasonal photos of your schools grounds.
  • Listing evidence of wildlife/species to show the effects of school grounds maintenance such as mowing grass.

Graph Template

Pie Chart Template

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

Monitoring and Evaluation Examples

If you have done some amazing Monitoring and Evaluation, let us know!

Hounsdown

The students at Hounsdown School have been monitoring air pollution levels close to the school site for the last year. With the data generated, the students then run campaigns both in school and within the local community to encourage people to rethink their mode of travel and reduce air pollution.

Monitoring and Evaluation 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 in 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 understand that not every action you work on will be a success, especially at the start of your journey to Green Flag. If your school has implemented an action and it hasn?t been a success, learn from it and still use this as evidence towards your Green Flag application.

 

One of our actions isn?t finished yet, can we still apply for Green Flag?

Some of the actions that you are working on may take a long time to complete. As long as you have started 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 the monitoring and evaluation for Green Flag?

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 the same graph.

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