CPSR research makes a significant contribution to learning about public sector reform, highlighting best practice, current trends and leading thinking. While CPSR undertakes research studies on current issues of public concern on its own initiative, it also conducts research in response to specific grants given to find solutions in difficult decision-making areas. CPSR undertakes research in a large number of diverse areas that include economic and social policies, policy evaluations, service delivery and impact analysis studies.
High level networks – CPSR has developed a network for faculty and staff that have a professional interest in the field of public sector reform as a strategy to provide opportunities throughout the year for them to gather and share ideas and best practice.
Consultancy – CPSR provides consultancy services to public administrations and agencies on areas including: structures of Government, institutional building, human rights, citizen participation, accountability, public sector management, policy design and delivery
Current Research Projects
The Keiyo and Tugen Communities (KETU) Peace Pact Project
October 2015-January 2018
This project is funded by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP)-under the “Learning from Peace in sub-Saharan Africa” program, which is designed to support peacebuilding programs and research in Africa. USIP supports both research projects and initiatives that focus on conflict resolution, conflict prevention, community resilience, peacebuilding and countering violent extremism
The goal of the project is to document the governing practices, social institutions, norms, values, process and context that bolsters resilience between the Keiyos and Tugens in Kenya who engaged in a decade long tribal violence, leading to major atrocities but resolved to bury the hatchet in a peaceful process that transformed the conflict, from acute violence to a permanently and sustainable peace outcome.
The specific objectives are:
- To analyze the causes of conflicts between the Keiyo and the Tugen in pre-colonial and colonial periods;
- To analyze and document traditional Keiyo and Tugen peace management systems;
- To assess changes that have taken place in the nature of conflict and governance systems and the extent to which these have impacted on traditional modes of peace management;
- To discuss the extent to which traditional forms of peace management can be incorporated into current methods of conflict prevention and mediation in the North Rift and other parts of the world.
The study used a case study design and triangulated purposive sampling, focus group discussions and observation of peace rituals. Archival information was also collected and analyzed alongside oral information to corroborate evidence
A report on the findings is expected in January 2018.
CPSR was accredited by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to observe the 2017 General Elections in Kenya. Accordingly 8 staff joined local and international observers to monitor the just concluded General Elections
Our Theory of Change- CPSR works to advance democratic elections and governance consistent with universal human rights. We hold the view that impartial, credible election observers play a key role in shaping perceptions about the quality and legitimacy of electoral processes. Further we believe that election observation missions start long before election day, with experts and long-term observers analysing election laws, assessing voter education and registration, and evaluating fairness in campaigns.