Measuring, Monitoring and Evaluating

Measuring helps you to assess how successful your actions have been.

Measuring | Award Criteria

  • Your Eco-Committee ensures that evaluation of action is ongoing and appropriate to the activity.
  • You will need one example of Measuring for our Core Topic (Litter & Waste) and your chosen two topics.
  • All pupils and staff are updated and given the opportunity to discuss and debate progress.
  • Your Eco-Committee builds on successes and decides what to do when activities are not successful.
  • Measuring is an opportunity to develop skills from across the curriculum. For example, STEM, Developing the Young Workforce, Numeracy.

Pupils must carry out one example of Measuring for each of your three topics.



Using Eco-Schools Scotland for the Development of STEM Skills

The Eco-Schools Scotland programme is a great context for application and development of STEM skills.  This resource will support you to use the Eco-Schools Seven Element process as a vehicle to deliver Curriculum for Excellence’s experiences, outcomes and benchmarks.

Download the Eco-Schools STEM Guide

Eco-Schools Litter Audit Tool

A Clean Up is a great opportunity for Measuring. This tool contains a checklist of types of litter, as well as space to keep track of how much you have collected, and where from. Grades are drawn from our LEAMS methodology, the national indicator for street cleanliness.

Download the Litter Audit Tool

You will also need to consider how this information will be collected and shared. Will pupils weigh recycling or read electricity meters? What will you need to put into place in order to measure progress? Perhaps purchasing resources or arranging meter access.

Measuring might involve:

  • Graphs or tally charts.
  • Before and after photographs.
  • Video or written diaries. 
  • Feedback from questionnaires or surveys.
  • Calculating bill savings.
  • Meter readings.
  • Mapping.
  • Weights - for example: litter, recycling or food waste
  • The results of a waste audit.
  • Your school's travel survey (Hands Up survey).
  • Traffic light indicators - for example: playground cleanliness
  • Totalling funds raised.

Measuring should:

  • Be done by pupils whenever possible.
  • Be shared with the whole school and community, for example on your Eco-Schools noticeboard.

How you choose to measure progress will depend on which topics you are focusing on and the pupils involved. 

What information could you use to share your progress with the whole school and wider community?  Maybe it is the amount of paper collected for recycling, or perhaps a decrease in the amount of energy being used.

For example, a school trying to reduce food waste might first measure the amount of waste produced on a normal day, and compare this with the amount produced after trying to reduce it.  The results of a survey of which school meals are most enjoyed by fellow pupils might also be used to reduce food waste.

Measuring Case Studies

St Ninian's High School

Using the figures from their Hands Up Survey, pupils at St Ninian's High School found that less than 50% of every year group walks to school. This was one thing the Eco-Committee felt they could change by encouraging more pupils to walk instead of using the car. They thought this would make a difference to air quality around the school and surrounding area by easing traffic congestion and possibly also make a difference to the road safety in the area.

Firpark School

Good example of different kinds of Measuring for Litter. Weights of litter collected during different Clean Ups are displayed on the left, while a bar graph has been made showing how clean the dining room exit has been at busy times of day.

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