Gilbert Kipkemoi Mutai, Dr. Annastacia K. Musembi


According to the Kenya National Water Services Strategy (2018 - 2022), sustainable water access levels in Kenya were estimated to be at 60%, while sanitation was estimated at 68%. However, many water projects in Kenya experience project time overrun, budget overrun and as well do not meet product specifications, customer needs and management objectives. The purpose of this study is to examine the influence of Project Monitoring and Evaluation practices on the performance of water projects in western region, Kenya. Specifically, the study sought to assess the influence of monitoring and evaluation planning on the performance of water projects in western region, Kenya and to determine the influence of monitoring and evaluation technical capacity on the performance of water projects in western region, Kenya. This study used descriptive research design. In this study the unit of analysis was the 218 water projects while the unit of observation was 654 respondents comprising of project managers, project supervisors and project Surveyors. The study’s sample size was reached at using Krejcie and Morgan sample size determination formula. Therefore, using the formula, the sample size for the study was 242 respondents. The study used primary data which was collected through use of a semi structured questionnaire. Quantitative data collected was analyzed using descriptive statistical techniques which are frequencies, mean, standard deviation. Inferential statistics which include Pearson correlation and the Regression Analysis Model will be used to test the relationship between study variables. The significance of the model was tested at 5% level of significance. Data was analysed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software. The study results were presented through use of tables and figures. The study found that monitoring and evaluation planning has a positive and significant effect on performance of water projects in western region, Kenya. Moreover, the study found out that monitoring and evaluation technical capacity has a positive and significant effect on performance of water projects in western region, Kenya. The study therefore recommends that the management of water projects in western region, Kenya ensure that there are clear roles and responsibilities, schedule of activities and resource planning to facilitate effective project planning. Further, the study recommends that the staff working for water projects in western region, Kenya are trained in M&E possess experience in M&E and also have academic qualification in M&E.

Key Words: Project Monitoring and Evaluation practices, M&E planning, M&E Technical Capacity, Performance of Water Projects

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