Real Time Monitoring for the Most Vulnerable: Concepts and Methods

  • Lucas H
  • Greeley M
  • Roelen K
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In assessing the value of different approaches to real-time monitoring for the most vulnerable, an initial requirement is to set out a conceptual framework that provides at least some degree of clarity as to what precisely is meant by real time', monitoring' and vulnerable' all terms that can be highly context-specific. That is the first task addressed here. The second is to consider potential sources of data that might be used to undertake real-time monitoring and assess their advantages and disadvantages for the present purpose. Four general approaches are considered community-based participatory monitoring, sentinel sites, routine data systems and rapid surveys and selected examples from the literature are given to illustrate the potential use and limitations of their applications.

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  • Henry Lucas

  • Martin Greeley

  • Keetie Roelen

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