In tracking and documenting promises, several distinct yet inter-related quantitative data monitoring tools were used. They included:
Extraction: In order to avoid a subjective approach in the selection of promises, all promises contained in the CDC Manifesto 2017 that informed campaign speeches and post-election promises were tracked. Ideally, NAYMOTE would have conducted an opinion poll to select the promises for tracking but due to limited resources this could not be done.
Verifying promises: During the campaign period, candidates made some promises that were not descriptive, verifiable, concrete and measurable and this makes it difficult to hold them to account. This is evident in the CDC Manifesto 2017. At the same time, most of the post-election promises made by President Weah were verifiable and could be easily tracked.
Tracking and Monitoring: Promises were systematically tracked using different sets of tools or checklists. Tools were developed to track statements made by the President on radio and television stations or statements made by public officials on the implementation of promises made by the President. Tracking of seven national radio stations was done daily during the morning and afternoon hours focusing on radio talk shows, news, and special features where government officials appeared as guests.
Three television stations were monitored daily during the evening hours to track visual presentation of progress made on the implementation of promises. Newspapers were also monitored daily for stories on pre and post campaign promises. In addition to these tracking tools, on-site visits were made to locations where physical infrastructure development projects linked to pre and post campaign promises were taking place. Furthermore, online platforms including the Executive Mansion website were monitored. Formal written communications were also sent to government officials requesting information on the status of promises being implemented.
A database was established where all information generated from the various tracking tools was stored and collated. In order to ensure accuracy, information on promises tracked was triangulated using primary data source (Government official records), Non-partisan Think Tank reports, civil society reports and independent media reports, and interviews conducted with government officials. The outcome of this triangulation was also reinforced by the findings of on-site visits by NAYMOTE staff.
Through this triangulation method, data was analyzed, findings were generated, and conclusions made whether a promise could be classified as completed, ongoing, not started or not rated.