ROLE OF MONITORING AND EVALUATION SYSTEMS ON PROJECT SUCCESS. CASE OF FXB RWANDA SOCIO-ECONOMIC PROJECT IN KAYONZA DISTRICT
This research project has the general objective to assess the role of M&E Systems on project success, case study of socio-economic project implemented under FXB Rwanda in Kayonza District. Specific objectives were to determine the role of project monitoring and evaluation plan on cost effectiveness of FXB Rwanda socio-economic project in Kayonza District, to assess the extent to which project budget affects expected quality standards of FXB Rwanda socio-economic project in Kayonza District and to identify the contribution of stakeholders' involvement on project sustainability of FXB Rwanda socio-economic project in Kayonza District. Study used a mixed design approach with descriptive research design and correlation design to evaluate both quantitative and qualitative aspects. In this study, the total targeted population was 216 participants. The research has randomly picked 140 participants including 8 program staff, 47 stakeholders and 85 community volunteers to participate in this research. Both questionnaire and interview were used to collect data.in quantitative approach, reliability measure used pretesting where 10 participants were involved in answering research questions by using Cronbach's Alpha to test the consistency of the research. Reliability aims at testing if the research is measuring what it is intended to measure with p value <5 %( p<0.05). The qualitative analysis was also done by analyzing respondents' opinions on the role of monitoring and evaluation systems on project success. The research findings were interpreted through cote based on focus group discussion. The research revealed that M&E systems has contributed to the project success through cost effectiveness, expected quality standards and project sustainability of socio economic project in Kayonza district. Majority of respondents; 87% agreed that M&E plan contributes on cost effectiveness towards project success; 75% of respondents agreed that timely flow of funds reflects the expected quality standards for project success and 84% agreed that the application of stakeholders' analysis report resulted into project sustainability. The relationship between M&E systems and the project success was established through multiple regression analysis. Research findings showed that M&E systems and project success had a coefficient of 0.350 with a R square of 0.059 which is positive. Therefore, monitoring and evaluation systems led to project success. The regression is 1.030 and statistically significant (p= 0.000). The coefficient of M&E plan was 0.100 and p = 0.003. Project budget had an intercept of 0.044 but significant and finally stakeholders' involvement is at 0.065 and also positive. The study recommends government, policy makers, project donors and implementers to enhance M&E systems in projects industries focusing on M&E staff skills, plan, budget and stakeholders' involvement so as to achieve the project success.
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