This Report is the Country Case Study for Kenya as part of an evaluation of the Engineering Knowledge and Research (EngKaR) Programme of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The evaluation was commissioned by DFID’s Central Research Department (CRD) and will cover the outputs and activities of the six EngKaR sector programmes over the period 2000 to 2004. As part of the evaluation, country case studies on India and Kenya are being conducted. Julius Court from ODI and Patrick Balla, an independent consultant, were responsible for the Kenya case study. The evaluation in Kenya focused on the following issues:
1) whether in-country activities are relevant, and that poverty needs are addressed;
2) the extent to which programme activities assess and relate to local context;
3) how project implementation proceeded
4) the extent projects have identified, and engaged with, potential users or beneficiaries of the research – whether government, private sector or civil society;
5) the effectiveness of dissemination to identified stakeholders;
6) the influence on policy makers;
7) any evidence of impact projects have had on poverty;
8) to identify good news cases which can be used to exemplify good practices.
The assessment is based on individual interviews, review of project documentation and creation of policy influence and communications matrices and a workshop to verify and enrich the main findings and make suggestions for ways to enhance the impact of the programme.