Measuring the Efficiency of World Vision Ghana’s Educational Projects Using Data Envelopment Analysis

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In the current era, donors are more interested in value for their money and are now keener about how their hard earned money is being used. As such Non-governmental organisations face crucial decisions as resources become scarcer. Based on these, more efficient use of resources becomes more important than ever before. This thesis therefore evaluates the performance of Educational Projects of four Area Development Programmes of World Vision Ghana using Data Envelopment Analysis Approach. The Data for the four Area Development Programmes and their respective District Education Offices for the years 2009 and 2010 were obtained. The two inputs that were recognised are number of staff and number of vehicles. We also identified two outputs as BECE pass rate and completion rate at JHS level. The results revealed that in 2009 and 2010 three Area Development Programmes and two Area Development Programmes were identified as efficient respectively. One Area Development Programme and two Area Development Programmes were marked out as inefficient in the years 2009 and 2010 respectively. To improve the performance of any inefficient Area Development Programme one of the efficient ADP was set as a benchmark.
A thesis submitted to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Ghana in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of degree of Master of Science in Industrial Mathematics.