Drivers and barriers to effective construction project monitoring and evaluation at the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (mmdas) in the greater Accra region

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MMDAs play a crucial role to national development. They ensure that orderly development of infrastructure within their jurisdiction. The study explored the drivers and barriers to effective project monitoring and evaluation by MMDAs in the Greater Accra Region. The aim of the study is to identify and evaluate the drivers and barriers faced by the MMDAs in the implementation of project monitoring and evaluation within their jurisdiction. In order to achieve the aim, the following objectives were set; to critically examine the project monitoring and evaluation practice of the assemblies, to identify the drivers to effective project monitoring and evaluation by the MMDAs, to identify the barriers to effective project monitoring and evaluation by the MMDAs and to propose the processes required for effective project monitoring and evaluation by the MMDAs. Literature was reviewed and subsequently a questionnaire developed to gather data from the relevant respondents from the major stakeholders in the MMDAs. The data was analyzed by using descriptive statistics which included normal frequency distribution as well as the relative important index (RII). The study revealed that monitoring and evaluation of physical development at the MMDAs is key to addressing problems such as collapse of buildings, flooding, gas explosion, fire outbreak among others the country has been experiencing. It was revealed again that despite the effort of the MMDAs, EPA and Fire service departments on the above subject, there exist problems with monitoring and evaluation of developmental projects by the Assemblies. It was evident that inadequate logistics for monitoring, inadequate funding or budgetary allocation, lack of public education on the assembly’s bylaws and weak institutional capacities constituted the most significant contributing factors to the implementation of monitoring and evaluation within the MMDAs. The study thus recommended that budget allocation for the departments responsible for project monitoring and evaluation should me be made available on time to expedite their works and also the Assemblies should be provided with adequate logistics for effective project monitoring and evaluation.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award Degree of Master of Science in Construction Management
Drivers and barriers, Construction project, monitoring and evaluation, Greater Accra region