Challenges facing implementation of performance contracting in the ministry of finance of the government of Kenya
The purpose of this study was to examine the challenges facing the implementation of performance contracting in the Ministry of Finance. The study also sought to find out the following: The process involved in the implementation of performance contracting in the Ministry of Finance, Perception of performance contracting implementation process in the Ministry, Regulatory issues facing the achievement of performance goals in the Ministry and Suggestions on what can be done to improve performance contracting in the Ministry. The study employed a case study research design. This design was used since it allows a thorough, meticulous and systematic data collection on the research problem (Yin, 1994). It also gives a deep understanding of the issues, and allows data collection using in-depth interviews among other methods. The sampling frame for this study comprised of six (6) administrators. Purposive sampling procedure was used to arrive at this sample. This technique was used in order to single out the key informants whose views and opinions would contribute towards answering the research objectives. Interview method was used to collect an in-depth data from the selected sample. The collected data was analyzed using qualitative method, where data was categorized into themes and presented based on the areas of investigation. From the analysis, the study revealed the following: largely, the ministry involved all the processes in implementing performance contracting except in some areas like involvement of all employees and human resource department. Although there are political forces which may interfere with the timely achievement of the set goals of the ministry, there are well laid structures that counter such. The study recommends that the ministry to take keen interest in addressing the following key areas: changing the structure of the performance contracting, linking the performance contracting with reward or sanctions, Training/ sensitization of the employees on PC, adopting a participative approach in PC and equipping the Human Resource Department accordingly.