About Monitoring Resources
Our goal is to provide a place where monitoring practitioners can easily document information about their projects and programs once and share many times, and where funders and managers can review existing and proposed monitoring projects and better understand gaps and overlaps at a regional scale. This suite of tools is championed by the Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership (PNAMP). Funding has been provided by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Who is this for?
See our FAQ for a bit more about our intended audience.
MonitoringResources.org is a suite of complementary tools designed guide and assist monitoring practitioners and researchers collecting and analyzing data with their monitoring programs, from the early design stage through implementation and generation of descriptive statistics. This site also serves resource managers, funding entities, and policy makers by giving them a comprehensive view of monitoring programs and projects that are occurring or have occurred in a given spatial extent. In addition, natural resource managers and funding entities can use the tool to track information about Methods, Metrics, and Protocols in the Study Plan Summary, allowing them to recommend certain procedures to implement in their program.
To do what?
These resources are intended to promote better documentation and enable more efficiency in collaboration and data sharing between programs. MonitoringResources.org helps investigators plan and implement practical, efficient, high quality habitat monitoring projects by offering tools that provide guidance and support design and documentation of various aspects of a monitoring project. By providing these tools online, we facilitate the transfer of information and support collaboration between projects and programs.
This site is also intended to help you document study plans, sample designs, protocols or methods used in your research, monitoring, and evaluation (RM&E), as well as participate in community discussions about protocols and methods. MonitoringResources.org will be a shared space for documenting what is in use and reviewing the best available techniques for answering common management questions. Currently, within MonitoringResources.org you can add or create new documentation (Methods, Protocols, Sample Designs, Study Plans), find out who else is using a method or protocol, identify where and when sampling events are occurring, review our Glossary and list of Metric/Indicator Categories and Subcategories, discuss your experience using a technique, or simply bookmark pages that interest you.
To exchange data in and out of MonitoringResources.org, PNAMP supported the documentation of the data exchange standards and web services.
Monitoring Metadata Exchange (MMX) is an exchange standard designed with partners and used by MonitoringResources.org. The MMX data exchange standard is intended for site level associated with research, monitoring, and evaluation efforts. By establishing a standard for this metadata in an online exchange, the data will become more valuable as funders and researchers can more easily identify where monitoring occurs.
If your project is interested in using the MMX standard, MonitoringResources.org web services or any other part of the MonitoringResources.org suite of tools and not sure where to start, please reach out to staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MonitoringResources.org brings together a number of online resources to create a network of information and tools to support many facets of monitoring. Monitoring practitioners can enter, share, and distribute information about their projects easily. Funders and managers can review information about existing and proposed monitoring projects and programs quicker to better understand gaps and overlaps in monitoring at a regional scale, and make more timely decisions based on best available information. Review processes take less time and are less costly. Coordination and collaboration between groups ismore efficient.
This tool also adds value to monitoring and evaluation investments by making key information about protocols, such as their statistical rigor or potential compatibility with related projects, available to the broader community. With adequate documentation and with the benefit of knowing what others are doing, we, as a community of researchers and managers, can make the best use of limited resources and ensure we’re offering the most accurate portrayal of the health of our streams, watersheds, and their inhabitants.
MonitoringResources.org is made possible by the generous support of the Bonneville Power Administration, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Bureau of Land Management.