Kenya Essential Education Programme (KEEP) VFM analysis

Kenya

The Project

In Kenya, LAMP conducted a Value for Money analysis of KEEP, a DfID funded, multiple-partner education programme which subsequently received an award for ‘Best VfM Analysis’ by DfID Kenya. Working with our client, we developed a VfM approach which can continue to be applied in the future, as well as comparing the cost-effectiveness of different interventions aimed at increasing access to education and improving learning outcomes. Our approach used standard indicators for internal programme comparisons, benchmarking information from other similar projects in Kenya and relevant international comparators. Capacity building of implementing partners was included alongside the analysis.

In June 2016 LAMP was asked to build on the work conducted in the interim analysis to prepare a final value for money analysis of KEEP. Undertaken at the end of the programme and with access to more outcome level data the final report focused more on the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of the programme. It also examined VfM with respect to KEEP providing evidence-generating interventions as well as service-delivery programmes. Additionally, the report explored themes of equity and sustainability. The final report included a detailed analysis of 16 implementing partners across multiple interventions. Unit costs of key interventions such as school renovations and cash transfers were benchmarked against comparators to inform the assessment of VfM. The report presented findings alongside a set of practical recommendations to promote VfM in the future.

LAMP worked closely with KEEP’s management team and DfID Kenya to challenge and validate the findings, and to critically assess what was of most importance to both policy makers and implementers in order to maximise the learning value of the VfM analysis.

Highlights

  • KEEP won award for 'Most useful VfM Analysis' in 2015 from DFID Kenya
  • LAMP provided training to 20 implementing partners on VfM concepts and tools
  • IPs used the tools to record a total of £933,118 of economy and efficiency savings identified alongside examples of effectiveness

Client Testimonial

LAMP’s project objectives were achieved, and we received positive feedback from DFID on the final output. The report led to some interesting discussions with DFID and between partners. The number-crunching and the organization of data was excellent. I think we worked very well together. Jennifer and Susie were always prompt and responsive.

- Senior manager - M&E, KEEP

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