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Title: A study of competencies in monitering and ecvaluation needed by field level agricultural extension staff in Nakuru Distict
Authors: Ombati, Justus Muturi
Keywords: A study of competencies in monitering and ecvaluation needed by field level agricultural extension staff in Nakuru Distict
Issue Date: 1995
Publisher: Egerton University
Abstract: Monitoring and evaluation plays a key role in development and implementation of relevant agricultural extension programmes in the field. There is therefore every need to identify and develop relevant monitoring and evaluation competencies among the field-level extension staff. The purposes of this study were therefore, to determine competencies in monitoring and evaluation needed by the field-level agricultural extension staff in Nakuru District, as well as to establish the mode of training programmes that are appropriate for developing these competencies in the extension staff. The population of the study consisted of the f ield-level extension staff in Nakuru District; the Nakuru District headquarters extension staff, and the Rift Valley Provincial headquarters extension staff. Njoro and Bahati Divisions were randomly selected from among the seven administrative divisions of Nakuru District. A total of 89 extension staff served in the two divisions. There were 16 extension staff at the District headquarters and 16 others at the Provincial headquarters. Because of this small number of the extension staff in the two divisions, they were all included in the sample. The pooled sample size was therefore 121 extension workers.. Data was collected using questionnaires to describe the perceptions of the field-level extension staff regarding the monitoring and evaluation competencies they need as well as identify the levels the field-level extension staff perceived they possessed the said competencies. The perceptions of the field»levcl extension staff were compared with those of the extension staff from the Nakuru District and Rift Valley Provincial headquarters. The study established that the field-level extension staff needed competency in: focusing monitoring and evaluation; designing monitoring and evaluation; collecting infonnation for monitoring and evaluation; analysing and interpreting the evaluation data; and reporting the monitoring and evaluation findings. Skills identified as relevant in developing the competencies were; setting clear and definite objectives for extension work; ability to identify the relevant audience to be involved in extension work, setting criteria and construction of appropriate evaluation instruments, identifying relevant information sources and collecting useful information in the cheapest manner possible, ability to evaluate and ability to report evaluation findings in acceptable and useable formats. In-service short courses were indicated to be appropriate for developing the skills. The findings however, indicated that the field-level extension staff perceived that they possessed less skills than they needed in the aspects of monitoring and evaluation. It was therefore, recommended that: institutions that train personnel to be deployed at the field-level in agricultural extension should strengthen their courses in aspects of monitoring and evaluation. In addition, the institutions should explore the possibility of conducting short in-service courses on monitoring and evaluation. The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock Development and Marketing should also organize short courses, workshops, or seminars to supplement and update the field-level extension personnel skills in monitoring and evaluation.
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