Purpose of monitoring and evaluating

An infographic showing why you should monitor and record.

Why should you monitor progress during your development plan?

  1. It allows you to see if your approaches are working:
    • If your approaches are working, you can stick with them
    • If your approaches aren't working, you can adapt them to more suitable or interesting approaches.
  2. It allows you to check if you are meeting each short-term target in your sessions and if suitable progress is being made towards the long-term target:
    • If you are not reaching each short-term target and progress is slow towards the long-term one, you can lower your targets and/or extend the length of your development plan.
  3. It allows you to express how well you think a session went in relation to how challenging it was.
    • If you did not find it challenging enough, you can increase the intensity in the next session to avoid hitting a plateau.

Why should you evaluate how effective your development plan was?

Monitoring is different from evaluating. The reasons for tracking progress are different from the reasons for evaluating the success of a development plan.

You should evaluate the effectiveness of your training programme for the following reasons:

  1. It lets you look back and measure how much improvement have been made in both the identified factor and the whole performance:
    • This can help you identify new weaknesses which you can then take back through the cycle of analysis to further develop your performance.
  2. By looking back, you can measure which approaches worked best for you during your development plan:
    • Knowing this can lead to you using the same approaches in the future if they are suitable to your new weaknesses.