|Community Monitoring in Health Resources for the Practitioner|
A. Is the community engaged in identifying the key issues for enquiry? Did they participate in finalizing the issues?
Some ways in which the community can be active in identifying the issues for enquiry is to have group discussions on health during the community scoping/health mapping exercise. The informal leaders/ members of any group that are formed during the scoping/mapping exercise can discuss the different issues that are identified and prioritise the key issues that they wish to include in the community monitoring/ advocacy process. It is useful to remember that the issues identified should be somewhat amenable to advocacy based improvement, and not intractable policy problems. The method of community monitoring allows issues related issues to be resolved through mutual negotiation between community and the providers and also allows the community and the providers to become partners in asking for those problems which require action at a higher level.