The Zimbabwe Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness. ZEA has a diverse membership consisting of evaluators, users of evaluation and evaluation stakeholders representing all areas in Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwe Evaluation Association (ZEA) was established in 2004, however due to the prolonged economic and social challenges that the country faced, the majority of members migrated to neighbouring countries and the association withered. Zimbabwe is recovering from a decade of economic and social challenges and there is great need for quality evaluations to support evidence based policies and decision making. Local opportunities for capacity development in evaluation practice, information sharing and networking remain limited.
The Zimbabwe Evaluation Association was re-launched on the 3rd of October 2013. During the launch meeting, a committee of 15 was tasked to spearhead the setting up of ZEA. The committee, with secretariat support from UNICEF, successfully developed a constitution, registered ZEA as a Trust, opened a bank account, developed a three year strategy for the association, opened registration for membership and presided over the election of a new board in December 2014.
The Zimbabwe Evaluation Association seeks to act in ways that embody our mission, vision, and values in pursuit of our defined policies and goals.
To promote an enabling environment for evaluation, build evaluation competences and strengthen the utilization of evaluation in Zimbabwe.
A Zimbabwe with a culture of quality evaluation that contributes to improved lives and conditions for citizens.
To promote practices that will ensure that:
- Programmes are evaluated
- Evaluations are credible
- Evaluation findings are used to inform policies/ development interventions
- Evaluation contributes to sustainable development
- Commitment: We are dedicated to what we do and we deliver on our promises
- Excellence: Consistently meet and exceed standards
- Integrity: Acting honestly and reliably in all we do
- Professionalism: Skill, expertise and proficiency in all we do
- Transparency: Openness, communication and accountability in all our engagements
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
1. Dr. Shylock Muyengwa (President),
2. Ms Diliah Mutambara (Vice President),
3. Mr. Douglas Charivanda (Secretary General), and
4. Mrs Yanano Mugarisanwa (Treasurer)
5. Mr. Dowsen Sango,
6. Mr. Roy Mutandwa, and
7. Mr. Wellington Muchechetere
8. Dr. Tracy Kandeya
9. Mrs. Tsitsi Makunike
ZEA pays particular attention to issues of diversity and encourages equitable representation of all population sub-groups as well as regional representation. In its membership recruitment and retention drive, ZEA ensures members include both evaluators and evaluation managers.
VALUE ADDED PARTNERSHIPS
United Nations Children’s Fund
African Capacity Building Foundation
United States Agency for International Development
Netherlands Development Organization