- Barely 15% of lead contacts for applicants were female < Affirmative action needed?
- 77.9% of those who participated were satisfied with the grant application process (more than half of these were very satisfied) < Confirmation of sentiments in my earlier post
- 20% of those who participated had attended a Tandaa Symposium < More effort might be required to interest more professionals and entrepreneurs in the Kenya ICT Board activities
- 369 (55%) of the 667 completed applications were made on the last day. < Explanation attempted in my earlier post
1) The main channels through which applicants learnt about the grant were the newspaper advertisement (40.3%) and the ICT board website (24.7%).
The mainstream print media seems to remain the most effective way to mobilize participation of the local Tech. fraternity. The apparent popularity of the ICT board's website is welcome as the board grows its reliability and relevance to the Kenyan knowledge economy. The rather dismal performance of the morning shows in this aspect (Nation TV - 4.3% and Citizen TV - 2.1%) appears to indicate the low effectiveness of TV shows aired during 'odd' morning hours.
2) Only 677 (31%) of the attempted 2,154 applications were completed. Further 139 (a meager 9%) of the those who did not complete the application process participated in the evaluation survey. Most of the 139 survey participants stated that they were unable to complete their applications because they did not have supporting documents (43.2%) or they simply run out of time (42.0%)
The fact that few respondents were willing to have their work plans shared is indicative of how confident the applicants were with the finer detail's on their proposals. The applicants might have thought they had more room for improvement to their budgets and work plans hence the hesitation to allow sharing with potential financiers before further tweaking and customization. It is also likely that the applicants simply wished to more easily retain their options for increasing their scope of activities and budgets beyond the Tandaa grant limitations.