EVALUATION OF PLAN COUNTRY STRATEGY AND COUNTRY PROGRAMME OUTLINES (2008-12)
Name Evaluation of Plan Country Strategy and Country Programme Outlines (2008-12)
Year 2012
Client Plan International-Zimbabwe
Country Zimbabwe
Background Plan Zimbabwe’s work has been guided by a Country Strategic Plan II (CSPII) during the period 2008 – 2012. To operationalize the CSPII, Plan developed 5 CPs and these are the subject of this evaluation. The country goal has been to create a safe and child-friendly environment for the survival, protection, development and participation of all children. The key objectives of CSPII were to: improve the health and nutrition status of children and their families; mitigate the effects of HIV and AIDS on children, their families and communities; improve access to quality education for girls and boys; ensure food and income security at household level; and ensure children are protected and participate in issues that affect them. Plan is using a rights based approach to development that is anchored in child centred community development (CCCD). The CSP goal and objectives are underpinned by 3 strategies, namely: capacity building and empowerment; working in partnership, alliances and networks; and advocating and lobbying for children’s rights.
Objectives The purpose of the Country Programs Evaluation was to assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, equality and nondiscrimination, accountability, scalability, sustainability and Impact of the Country Programs implemented by Plan in addressing the issues affecting children in Plan program areas. The evaluation was expected to draw lessons, build on the experiences and use information generated for the design of CSPIII.
Activities The evaluation utilized a mixed method of data collection from various sources. The multiplicity of sources of data/information enabled the evaluation to triangulate and validate information. The methods and sources of information and data gathered for the evaluation study were;

–       Literature review

–       Focus Group Discussions with children in Plan operational areas

–       Focus Group Discussions with community members

–       Key Informant Interviews (KIs) with traditional and elected local leaders, community development and health workers and other people knowledgeable about the programs

–       Key informant in-depth interviews with service providers (including government departments at local, district & national levels

–       Interviews with partners and other stakeholders’ representatives

–       In-depth interviews with Plan staff in PUs and at head office

–       Structured interviews with members of beneficiary households