About Us

Are you a non-profit, research organization, development organization, private company, corporation or an individual seeking to work with communities in Kenya or Uganda and don’t know where to start, how to start or how to do it?

Come talk to the experts: Kenya Research Aid Services.  

We specialize in: Research permits, community entry/exit services, community mobilization, hiring/training of data collectors/enumerators, survey translation, transcription (Qualitative and Quantitative) and research sites scoping.

We conduct local orientation training for expatriate staff coming to work with communities for the first time.

Our Services

Orientation package

Our tailored orientation package includes:

-your first words in Swahili and other local languages.

-a tour of your new town and communities,

-a risk briefing,

-discussion of culture traditions and daily lives,

-and introductions to key persons in the area.

We know you want your new team up to speed and embedded in the local area as quickly as possible. Our local orientation training gets them off to a flying start. If that would be of use to you and your team, please get in touch.

Research and Ethical Compliance

Acquiring National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) research permits.

Assisting with Institutional Review Boards protocols, requirements and timetables.

Applying and collecting IRB certifications on behalf of researchers.

Acquiring provincial and county administration approvals.

Site scoping for research

We advise and find suitable sites for research in the areas of agriculture, health, commerce, natural resources, security, land, education, gender, culture, entrepreneurship, environment and key population groups (LGBT / youth / vulnerable groups). We have a database of grassroots information about each of the 47 counties of Kenya and many districts in Uganda cataloging the ideal areas to work in.

Community Entry, Mobilization and Buy-in

We help individuals and organizations gain acceptance even in the most conservative of communities. We have in place, a very elaborate community entry and buy-in strategy that has seen us help several very highly sensitive projects get accepted in communities across East Africa.

Recruitment and Hiring of Enumerators

We have a database of highly qualified and widely experienced data collectors that we can staff on very short notice.  If additional enumerators are needed, we have experience vetting, hiring and on-boarding enumerators across East Africa.

Training of Enumerators and Data collection

We train research teams on qualitative and quantitative data collection methods.  We have extensive experience conducting training on best practices in IDI’s, stakeholder interviews, focus groups, quantitative surveys, survey experiments, and quantitative data collection for Randomized Controlled Trials.

We conduct both qualitative and quantitative data collection using a Computer Assisted Interview App on mobile phones and tablets.

Site scoping

Areas We’ve Worked In


Nairobi, Wajir, Marsabit, Murang’a, Nyeri, Homa Bay, Kisii, Turkana, West Pokot, Isiolo, Mombasa, Busia, Makueni, Kwale, Kiambu, Meru, Kitui, Kilifi, Embu, Nyandarua, Tharaka Nithi, Siaya, Samburu, Kakamega, Migori, Machakos, Kisumu, Kajiado, Nyandarua and Nakuru.


Kampala, Mityana, Arua, Kabale, Amuru, Hoima, Kibale and Kitgum

About Kenneth Okumu

Founder and CEO

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Kenneth is the founder and CEO of Kenya Research Aid Services (KRAS) and has over ten years working experience in the research industry. Prior to establishing KRAS, Ken worked for various research organizations and individuals managing or supervising research projects in more than 25 counties in Kenya and 7 districts in Uganda.

The organizations he has worked for include, Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), International Child Support Fund (ICS), The Aquaya Institute, AMREF and Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH).

While managing or supervising projects, one of Kenneth’s job was to speak to communities and authorities both national and grass root to get their approvals to conduct research in homes, villages, sub-counties and counties he therefore has a very wide network of contacts in many counties, sub-counties and national government offices. He was also involved personally in the hiring and training of data collectors (enumerators) and is experienced expert in teaching qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques.

Before leaving Busara Center for Behavioral Economics to establish KRAS, Kenneth was Senior Community Engagement and Field Operations Coordinator. He holds a Bachelor of Philosophy from the Pontifical Urbanian University-Rome and speaks more than five local languages.


I had the pleasure to work with Mr. Okumu from 2016 to 2018, while he served as a Senior Community Engagement Officer at the Busara Center. In this capacity, Mr. Okumu’s responsibilities focused on the challenging task of leading the implementation of research projects in places where Busara had never worked before. Mr. Okumu was highly effective in this role, successfully managing community entry processes in some of the most remote locations Busara has ever worked, while at the same time locally sourcing and managing teams, leading project operations, and executing high-quality data collection for projects drawing from a variety of methods, topics, and scope. Indeed, one of Mr. Okumu’s great legacies at Busara will be in his work in establishing the foundations of Busara project operations in the numerous places where he has conducted community entry, including Northern Uganda, Western, and Southwestern Uganda, as well as Western Kenya.

– Ariana Keyman

Engagement Director at Busara Center for Behavioral Economics

I worked with Mr. Kenneth Okumu very closely in 2014 and 2015 when The Aquaya Institute brought him on as a contracted Field Operations Supervisor. This was for a sanitation and hygiene research project focusing on an innovative sanitation slab technology. The World Bank-funded baseline study posed considerable challenges including an ambitious work load and tight deadlines, so we needed to ensure the Field Supervisors were of the highest caliber. Coming highly recommended from previous training and data collection initiatives in the area, this is why we hired Mr. Okumu.

His responsibilities were many including, but not limited to: training enumerator teams in the use of a mobile phone-based data collection platform, supervising said enumerators during a rigorous four-month data collection process that covered 300-500 households per week many of which are in rural and remote areas of Kenya, conducting the data collection himself when needed, compiling and organizing baseline data into comprehensive reports for deliverables as well as the relentless day-to-day management of logistics, software troubleshooting, financial management and general team supervision.

As the head office project manager, I can’t stress enough how challenging this process was to ensure that all data collected was of high quality and was submitted in a timely manner. Mr. Okumu proved himself during the entire program cycle from the onset – motivating his enumerators and instilling the knowledge during training to ensuring a smooth and efficient data collection process throughout implementation.

I recommend Mr. Kenneth Okumu, without hesitation.

– Mateyo Bonham

Program Officer (Former) for The Aquaya Institute

Community entry and mobilization-Kwale county
Kenneth mobilizing commercial sex workers for a PrEP Sensitization exercise in Ukunda-Kwale County.

Get in touch

Interested in working together?  Contact us and we can help navigate you though the process of doing research, involving communities, or accessing hard-to-reach populations.

kenyaresearchaid@gmail.com / kokumu2011@gmail.com /+254 716 298 667