It is a fact, at least in the short-term, that monitoring is mostly about housing. You can see our work on the housing delivery test, and we will shortly be publishing our thoughts in the Annual Position Statement.
In Autumn 2017 we asked a small group of councils how they went about plan monitoring, and whether there were any "top tips" for how to approach this task. Unfortunately there are no short-cuts - it requires commitment and resourcing, as well as having the right people in the team.
Many years ago in 2010 we published a case study on Annual Monitoring Reports which looked at some of the basics of communicating progress clearly to a non-planning audience. While some of the details and language has changed since, the basic principles remain the same.