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|Title: ||Streamlining monitoring and evaluation systems in managing social development interventions: a study of Ahafo mine area livelihood programmes.|
|Authors: ||Acheampong, Ernest Kwaku|
|Issue Date: ||4-Oct-2016|
|Abstract: ||Monitoring and Evaluation as a discipline, is increasingly recognized as an essential component
in project management functions (Khalid, 2002). However, consciously or otherwise
development programmes are faced with limited integration of monitoring and evaluation
systems in the management functions to gauge its performance. This key planning and
implementation weaknesses poses key challenges to the management functions of development
programmes including livelihood programmes (Khan, 2003).
The study therefore seeks to examine the extent to which monitoring and evaluation systems of
development programmes adopts standard practices. The study adopted a case study approach
where three livelihood programmes operating within the Asutifi District were chosen.
Programme Managers, Staff, beneficiaries and key institutional stakeholders were selected as
respondents for the study.
The study revealed that, monitoring and evaluation systems of some livelihood programmes
lacks critical tools like robust database, review and capacity building plans were found to be
absent. Also it was revealed that some programmes operate without trained monitoring and
evaluation practitioners. Despite these shortfalls the study affirmed that the practice of M&E
influences programme decisions leading to reforms in the programme components. Also, the
study identified a high level of stakeholder participation –groups and institutions supporting the
implementation of the programme.
It is therefore recommended for policy designs on programme monitoring and evaluation that
programme managers should be obliged to include the design of a robust database for data
capture and retrieval, review and capacity building plans in the set-up of programme monitoring
and evaluation systems as the concept keeps evolving. Again, development programmes should
engage the services of trained practitioners directly on programmes to coordinate the monitoring
and evaluation activities of the programmes.|
|Description: ||A Thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies,
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and
Technology in partial fulfillment of the
requirements for the degree of
Master Of Philosophy
In Development Studies
Department of Planning
College of Architecture and Planning
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