Programme implementation was strategically developed as WERK evolved organically from purely conducting research to applying the recommended interventions and remedies emerging from research studies thereby linking research to action, while retaining research as an important precursor to all programming.
WERK’s Secretariat is engaged in the implementation of multi-year education action research projects which address access to education, equity in education, transition and completion strategies, learning outcomes, life skills and mentorship. The projects focus on early childhood education, basic education, girls’ education, gender in education, education in pastoralist & marginalized regions, education for minorities, teacher support & development.
WERK has been involved in self-driven research and research for other organizations, with a special focus on gender and girls and women in particular. WERK’s conducts independent monitoring and evaluation and data verification for programs implemented by other organizations. Our programmatic designs, methodologies, and activities are evidence based and quality controlled.
WERK has been linking research to advocacy by engaging in policy making fora alongside other CSOs in the education and research sector. WERK was the immediate former Chair of Elimu Yetu Coalition, a consortium that brings together numerous NGOs and INGOs running programs in Kenya’s education sector.
WERK is also a member of the Urban Education Group (UEG). Steered by the African and Population Health Research Centre (APHRC), the UEG seeks to improve access to quality education for children in the urban informal settlements in Kenya.
In 2018, WERK’s projects impacted the lives of over 200,000 beneficiaries strewn across the country; from Kwale to Turkana counties.
WERK’s current and most recent programmes include;
- Pilot Intervention on Co-Creation of Safe Workspaces for Women Staff in Kenya Universities
- Girls’ Education Challenge Wasichana Wetu Wafaulu
- Operation Come To School (OCTS)
- Opportunity Schools Project (OSP)
- Think Equal
Cross learning to improve implementation and evaluation of education projects has been enhanced by WERK’s active involvement in the Learning Outcome Network (LON), Elimu Yetu Coalition (EYC), Mukuru Special Planning Area (SPA), the Regional Education and Learning Initiative (RELI) for East Africa, & the Urban Education Group (UEG). WERK’s partners include UNICEF, Educate A Child, RTI, EDT, APHRC, Hivos, World Bank, ActionAid, UKaid, KCDF, etc. This depth and breadth of reach in the sector lends itself well to the execution of curricular as well as co-curricular interventions, as well as the evaluation of the same, and provision of informed and authoritative policy and sector recommendations.