Effective monitoring of the implementation of integrity plans does often represent a challenge. Any deficiencies in monitoring could have a negative impact on further implementation. Without adequate monitoring, top management lacks relevant and reliable information regarding challenges and results achieved.
Consequently, top management cannot answer the question of what needs to be done to ensure adequate further implementation.
To enable effective monitoring, top management should assign relevant responsibilities, and build and strengthen in-house capacities in the area of monitoring and evaluation.
Once responsibilities and capacities are being intact, the ToR of the monitoring system should be defined. This includes who monitors what, what are the sources of verification, what information collection channels should be used, the periodicity of monitoring and how the monitoring table should be filled in.
Documentation requirements should be as simple and straightforward as possible, to keep the use of resources cost-effective.