Narok County: End Line Assessment of Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity

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Author(s): MEASURE Evaluation PIMA

Year: 2017

Narok County: End Line Assessment of Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity Abstract:

This report is a brief synthesis of an end line assessment undertaken to discern and document the capacity of the county health management team to perform monitoring and evaluation (M&E) functions in Narok County, as a means to understand the impact of MEASURE Evaluation PIMA (MEval-PIMA) in improving M&E systems at the county level and the changes in M&E capacity since the start of the project.

The MEval-PIMA project was implemented between December 2012 and June 2015. As part of the project closeout, MEval-PIMA conducted an end-of-project assessment to document achievements and provide lessons learned toward strengthening capacity of the Ministry of Health (MOH) at the national and subnational levels to produce and use high-quality data for decision making and to communicate project results with stakeholders and beneficiaries. Specifically, the end line assessment aimed to achieve the following:

  • Document changes in M&E capacity since the baseline assessments were conducted.
  • Document the key drivers of changes in M&E capacity.
  • Document MEval-PIMA’s contribution to the changes in M&E capacity.
  • Document lessons learned in terms of strengthening M&E capacity at individual and organizational levels.

The decision to include Narok County as part of the end line assessment was aimed at delineating the differences in M&E capacity between counties that benefited from financial and technical assistance from MEval-PIMA and those counties that did not benefit, for the period of the project.

The end line assessment was conducted in a five-day workshop setting using three participatory data collection tools. Respondents for this exercise were program managers and program officers, including M&E officers and data managers from Narok County.

Narok showed some improvement, compared to performance at baseline. The biggest threat to the sustainability of these gains is the lack of financial autonomy to undertake M&E activities, which is linked to poor prioritization of M&E in county budgets. Respondents made a series of recommendations to address these, and other, threats. 

Filed under: Monitoring, Evaluation , Capacity Assessment , Kenya , Narok