The Influence of monitoring and evaluation on project success among Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Nairobi County, Kenya
Mbithi, Patrick D.
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The main objective of this study was to establish the influence of monitoring and evaluation on project success among non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Nairobi County, Kenya. Specifically, the study sought to establish the influence of strength of monitoring and evaluation team on project success among NGOs in Nairobi County, Kenya. It also sought to determine the influence of monitoring and evaluation approach on project success among NGOs in Nairobi County, Kenya. Finally, the study sought to establish the influence of budgetary allocation for monitoring and evaluation on project success among NGOs in Nairobi County, Kenya. The study was based on program and evaluation theories. The study used a descriptive research survey design targeting 100 NGOs operating in Nairobi County as the sample. Further, the study used mixed sampling method sampling reaching out to program and project managers or coordinators and M&E officers or their designate. The primary data was collected using questionnaires either posted or hand delivered. The study made use of IBM SPSS Statistics (SPSS Version 24.0) for data analysis. The study used descriptive statistics and correlation analysis to show the relationship between the dependent and the independent variables. The findings of the study found that the M&E approach and budget allocation for M&E activities were statistically significant while M&E team had no statistical significance Therefore, the study finds M&E approach and budget allocation for M&E activities in a project to influence the success of project success among NGOs in Nairobi County. Accordingly, the study concludes that monitoring and evaluation influences the success of projects in Nairobi County, Kenya. Thus the study recommends that non-governmental organisations allocate sufficient funds for monitoring and evaluation, use the most appropriate monitoring and evaluation approaches as well as have functional M&E team with competent monitoring and evaluation staff to improve the project success. The limitations of the study included the cross-sectional approach of research design and thus, the results are to be interpreted within such period. Therefore, future studies could consider longitudinal studies and results compared. Furthermore, the study focused on monitoring and evaluation factors that affect project success. Therefore, future studies could consider establishing and incorporating other factors that might have influence on project success.