Influences of completion of government funded projects in post secondary institutions: the case of Kirinyaga county, Kenya
The purpose of this study was to investigate influence of completion of government funded projects in post-secondary institutions in Kirinyaga County, Kenya. The independent variables were multiple projects, procurement process, project relevance and project stakeholders. Objectives were set to determine how the variables influence the completion of projects. Descriptive survey research design was used in conducting this study. The target population included the project players within the institutions who were the project managers, clerk of works, institution management representatives, finance personnel and the project beneficiaries, the students and staff of the institutions. The sample size for the study consisted of randomly selected representatives of all these categories. Questionnaires and interviews were used to collect data. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics such as percentages, frequency distributions and correlation analysis, as well as narrative description of findings. The study findings showed that institutions were engaged in multiple projects at the time of the research, which were being funded under economic stimulus, Vision 2030 flagship, CDF and partnership funding models. 68.75% of the respondents were of the opinion that this influenced the completion rate as some projects had to be temporarily suspended in order to complete others. The procurement process was found to be long and complicated, causing projects to take a longer duration to complete. 77.27% of the respondents indicated that the process affects the time frame of projects. The study further found that the choice of projects to be carried out was not always based on user preference as indicated by 76.08% of the respondents. This influenced the completion rate in case of beneficiary demand that led to ongoing projects being suspended in order to carry out more urgent projects to meet immediate user demand. There were numerous stakeholders with various roles such as funding, project implementation, monitoring and management. Since stakeholder involvement was mandatory and timelines dictated by regulations, their participation influenced the implementation period of the projects and this was the view of 68.75% of the respondents. Conclusions were drawn to the effect that the independent variables namely multiple projects, procurement process, project relevance and project stakeholders do influence the completion rate of government funded projects. Recommendations were made that institutions carry out a manageable number of projects at a time and practice prudent procurement alternatives which are within the law. Project users should be involved in determining the projects to be carried out and project stakeholders should work in collaboration to curb delays. Suggestions made for further research were identifying ways of managing multiple projects, determining efficient procurement processes, establishing influence of project relevance on completion and effective synchronization of the role of various stakeholders in project implementation.