Title: Assessment of the moderating effect of performance contracting on utilisation of monitoring and evaluation tools on the performance of research projects in public universities, Coastal Region, Kenya

Authors: Hamisi Jitta Mwaguni; John Mwaura Mbugua; Charles Mallans Rambo

Addresses: Technical University of Mombasa, P.O. Box 90420 – 80100, Mombasa, Kenya ' University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 30197 – 00100, Nairobi, Kenya ' University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 30197 – 00100, Nairobi, Kenya

Abstract: The purpose of the study was to assess the moderating effect of performance contracting on the utilisation of monitoring and evaluation tools on the performance of public universities in the coastal region of Kenya. The study used a pragmatism paradigm. The study found that performance contracting only has a moderating effect on utilisation of budgets. This is because its t test has a p value of less than 0.05. Performance contracting has no moderating effect on the other three independent variables since their p value is greater than 0.05. The study concludes that improving human capacity for performance contracting at the institutional level will require appropriate policies, encouraging participation of academic and administrative staff in performance contracting, awareness creation, monitoring of its implementation, utilisation of performance contracting evaluation findings, and hands-on experience as well as improving responsiveness.

Keywords: performance contracting; monitoring and evaluation tools; performance; research projects; public universities; Kenya.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPQM.2021.120598

International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, 2021 Vol.34 No.4, pp.486 - 509

Received: 25 Mar 2020
Accepted: 01 Jul 2020

Published online: 25 Jan 2022 *

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