The effects of rapid results initiative as a performance management tool-a case study of Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources
The study examined the effects of Rapid results Initiative as a performance management tool _ A case study of Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources. Rapid results Initiatives was embraced by the Government of Kenya as a structured methodology for building and practicing result base management that is required to add impetus to the implementation of Economic Recovery Strategy and National Development. The study focused on the Effects of RRI Initiatives undertaken by the MEMR since its roll out in Government in the year 2004. An in-depth interview schedule was used and the researcher had to identify five key informants who were involved in the launch and implementation of RRI in their Divisions/Departments. From the study findings, it was established that despite the marked improvement in service delivery during the periods the initiatives were on, the Ministry did not have the mechanism of its regular uptake. All the respondents agreed that there has not been a comprehensive and thorough grounding of staff in RRI operational mechanisms like the setting of smart targets, work planning and monitoring and evaluation techniques. However the study also established that RRI implementation in the Ministry has brought on positive changes like enhanced achievement of performance targets, change from 'Business as Usual' attitude to results orientation and team work and accountability for results. RRI and other performance management initiatives will have greater impact if the top management in the public service governance structure can provide leadership on implementation and integration of performance management system where consistency and performance standards in work planning, staff development and monitoring and evaluation framework are constituted and collectively adhered to.