I.  Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS)

I.1 Overview

The CBMS methodology, conceived by Dr. Celia Reyes in 1993, is a tool designed  to provide a regular and good information base for policymakers and program implementers to track the impacts of various policies and shocks on the vulnerable groups in the society while empowering communities in the process. The CBMS methodology was first pilot-tested in the Philippines, under the Micro Impacts of Macroeconomic Adjustment Policies (MIMAP) Program supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada. Since 2000 till the enactment of the CBMS Law (RA 11315) in 2019, the CBMS has been adopted and implemented by many local government units (municipalities, cities, and provinces) in the Philippines as a tool for local planning and program implementation. The CBMS was adopted by LGU in the country particularly to generate and fill in data gaps and necessary disaggregation for poverty monitoring and diagnosis, and for localizing and mainstreaming thematic concerns including the millennium development goals (MDGs) and the sustainable development goals (SDGs), gender and development, migration and development, and disaster risk reduction management and climate change adaptation among others.   

The CBMS and its applications for multidimensional poverty analysis and other thematic concerns has likewise been adopted and pilot tested in local context by CBMS research partners in other developing countries across Asia and Africa, and later in selected sites in Latin and North America with scientific and capacity building support from the CBMS Network Team led by Dr. Reyes through the Poverty and Economic Policy (now known as Partnership for Economic Policy)  from 2002 to 2019.

I.2 Related References/Links

Related links:
CBMS Design and Applications book
CBMS Handbook
Uses of CBMS for multidimensional poverty analysis, localizing the SDGs, monitoring impacts of financial crisis, food and fuel price hikes, COVID-19 related responses, and improving local governance
in_focus – Fighting Poverty with Facts: Community-Based Monitoring Systems
MIMAP background papers

II. CBMS Network


The Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Network Team, a group of researchers with background in Economics and Statistics, conducts multidimensional poverty studies with expertise in the development and applications of CBMS and other local level data for the generation of local development (poverty) indicators and for implementation of various thematic concerns including localizing global development goals (i.e. SDGs), gender and development, migration and development, vulnerability risk mapping, DRRM and CCA, monitoring child labor, among others.

In the Philippines, the CBMS Network Team has provided free technical support in the adoption by local governments of the CBMS methodology and basic modules for data collection, processing, poverty mapping, and use of data for preparation of local development plans from 2000 to 2022.

The CBMS Network Team has also initiated and spearheaded the development and conduct of CBMS modules for the adoption in local context of CBMS in more than 25 countries under its technical collaboration with PEP with support from the IDRC-Canada and UK-DFID.

Related links:
CBMS Network Updates
CBMS Network Brochures