Early warning primer: an overview of monitoring and reporting

Early warning primer: an overview of monitoring and reporting

Manual on how to do early warning monitoring and reporting

Aim is to help eearly warning analysts to understand:

  • Key early warning concepts, tools and methods
  • Data and information collection and management activities
  • How to do the routine monitoring and assessment activities
  • Some fundamentals on how to do reporting
  • Useful reporting formats

The manual is divided inot six chapters, with each chapter describing and guiding the reader to effectively perform all necessary activities for timely early warning reporting. These cover

  • Early warning and food security concepts, tools and methods : Topics include a review of definitions, approaches, concepts, tools and methods that are required for effective early warning reporting.
  • Data collection and management: Topics include data/file management and verification, a discussion of key data sets, and a review of important software
  • Routine monitoring and assessment activities: Topics include a discussion of the cycle of monitoring and assessments, and suggestions on what and how to do routine monitoring and assessment activities
  • Reporting fundamentals: Topics include suggestions on how to write reports that are as effective and informative as possible.
  • Reporting formats: Topics include how to report in useful formats such as monthly food security bulletins, memos, oral briefing, responding to media reports, assessments, and documentation early warning procedures.
  • Appendices: The appendices are included to assist the analyst to acquire some information that complements that presented in the main body of the primer, including a selected bibliography and some key terms.