Factors influencing the effectiveness of implementation of the economic stimulus programme (Esp). The case of construction projects in Nairobi County, Kenya
The purpose of the study was to identify factors influencing effectiveness of implementation of economic stimulus programme, the case of construction projects in Nairobi County. The objectives of the study were to establish the influence of changes in construction designs on the effectiveness of implementation of economic stimulus programme, to determine the influence of selection of contractors process on the effectiveness of implementation of economic stimulus programme, to assess the influence of project funding levels on the effectiveness of implementation of economic stimulus programme, to establish the influence of cost control models on the effectiveness of implementation of economic stimulus programme and to find out the influence of project scheduling models on the effectiveness of implementation of economic stimulus programme. The methodology used was literature review and field study. The field survey employed self administered questionnaire instrument as well as simple random sampling. The study used quantitative research methodology and employed field survey design as well as literature review. Thirty seven number questionnaires were distributed to clients, consultants and contractors randomly selected from thirty seven projects that were sampled and thirty six responded. The field survey confirmed that changes in construction designs, selection process of contractors, project funding levels, project cost control and project scheduling all have influence on effectiveness on implementation of construction projects. Analysis of relative importance index revealed that project cost control had the highest influence followed by project funding levels. Project scheduling, contractors’ selection process and finally changes in construction designs followed in that order of importance. The recommendations include accurate project estimates should be done at the initiation of the project. Project cost control i.e. preparation of project budgets, variance analysis and financial appraisals should be carried out regularly throughout the project cycle. The clients should also ensure the project is adequately funded up to completion to avoid cash flow and liquidity challenges.