Planning a monitoring program is the most important step: every decision for data collection, storage, analysis, interpretation, and application within the program is determined by the plan laid out at the beginning. To assist in making sure that monitoring program planning is as simple and clear as possible, the Monitoring Project Management System is currently in development. When it is ready for public release, this page will be updated to include a link to it and further information.
The Bureau of Land Management National Operations Center has created a worksheet for project managers to use when developing a monitoring plan. This document leads step-by-step through the process of clarifying the objectives of a program and how to gather and interpret data to meet them. The most recent version of this document can be downloaded here.