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In the India Tamil Nadu Nutrition II Project, growth-monitoring indicators have been used to provide an early warning of deteriorating health conditions among mothers and children. Page 20 Systematic tracking of the same indicators over time has been less common than measurement of different indicators from time to time. 05, 1989). Nevertheless, data on these indicators were not always collected or updated routinely in the supervision reports for the sample projects studied in this book. The supervision reports also seldom reported information on project beneficiaries, focusing instead on the benefits provided.

The traditional approach to building capacity has been through technical assistance. However, there is growing disenchantment with this costly method; much technical assistance may be ineffective, and it may proliferate beyond recipients' capacity to absorb the transfer of know-how. Some suggestions for making technical assistance more effective are to make sure that borrowers have an overall framework for the use of technical assistance, to rely more on local consultants, and to encourage short-term or intermittent visits by external experts rather than long-term arrangements.

Second, living standards, not just income, are measured. ) Third, changes in the living standards of all people affected by the projectnot just the designated beneficiariesare relevant. This is already a well-established practice in projects that generate external effectsfor example, projects involving the construction of dams, where flooding affects the population living in the catchment area and often necessitates their resettlement to more habitable places. The Choice of Indicators for Monitoring Impact: Conceptual Issues Three types of indicators can be used to monitor development impact.

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