Mary Qabale Roba, Lawrence Odollo


Project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) improves general project planning, management, and implementation efficiency, and consequently a variety of initiatives are undertaken with the express goal of improving the sociopolitical and economic conditions of residents in a certain region. This study examined the influence of Monitoring and Evaluation Practices on performance of water projects in Marsabit County.  The main purpose of the study was to establish the effect of M & E staff capacity building, stakeholders’ involvements, M&E planning, and M&E budgeting influence performance of water projects in Marsabit County, Kenya. The study was guided by contingency theory, theory of change and program theory. The study employed descriptive research design. The target was the project Manager, Project Committee chairman and M&E officer from 14 water projects in Marsabit County. Census was used to sample 14 project managers, 14 M&E officers, and 127 Project Committee members. Data was collected using questionnaires.  A pilot test was performed with 11 respondents to test the questionnaires’ reliability.   Data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics with the help of (SPSS) version 28. Content analysis was utilized to explore subjective information gathered in the open finished inquiries. Findings were   presented in tables.  Findings may be beneficial to the county government, researchers, and scholars.  Findings showed that; there is a weak insignificant relationship between capacity building   and performance of water projects   with a correlation value of (r = 0.158, p-value=0.082), a strong significant relationship between stakeholder involvement and performance of water projects   with a correlation value of (r = 0.940, p-value=0.000), a moderate significant relationship  between M&E planning   and  performance of water projects   as depicted by a correlation value of  (r = 614, p-value=0.000), and a strong significant correlation between budgeting and performance of water projects (r = 0.943, p-value=0.000).  The study recommends that; project managers should hire skilled and experienced team members, all stakeholders should be included in project monitoring and evaluations in all stages, the management should be proactive in designing of M & E systems and offer timely support, and adequate budget should be allocated to the M&E team.

Key words: Monitoring, Evaluation, Performance, Sustainability

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