MONITORING AND EVALUATION MECHANISMS AND PERFORMANCE OF GOVERNMENT PROJECTS IN RWANDA A CASE STUDY OF SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
The general objective of the study is to analyze the influence of monitoring and evaluation mechanisms on the performance of Government projects in Rwanda. Specific Objectives are to analyze the contribution of the human capacity for M&E to the performance of Government projects in Rwanda, to examine how partnership for planning influences the performance of Government projects in Rwanda, and to assess the relationship between supportive supervision and performance of Government projects in Rwanda. This study is of great significance in the following ways; to the society: the results of this study would bring positive impact on society in a way that it will provide data that could be used in improving monitoring and evaluation, designing, controlling, management and performance of projects. This study adopts case study and descriptive design to get results expected from this study. In this study, the target population was composed of 170 employees (WDA, 2017). The sample size: n = 59 people. In this research, the purposive sampling method was used by selecting employees of WDA specifically in the department of skills development projects to represent the group in sampling. The study used both primary and secondary data collection methods. Primary data collecting methods included the use of a questionnaire, while secondary data collecting methods included reviewing reports of the project. Quantitative data were analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistics through Statistical Packaging for Socio Sciences (SPSS) software. This study found the correlation of 0.984, which is categorized as a positive correlation and this leads to confirm that there is a significant relationship between Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and project performance. It concluded that monitoring and evaluation are essential in enhancing the performance of the project. According to the research questions, the findings of the study reveal that the management of the project is entrusted with resources and loaded with the responsibility of managing these resources effectively and efficiently, this influence the performance of the project. The research recommended that all projects should concentrate on M&E in order to improve their performance; this is so because Monitoring and evaluation help projects to know the environment in which they are operating and how to go about it.