Research Department

Research Department

Introduction

The Research Department falls under the Information Services Directorate and works exclusively for all Members and Committees of the Parliament of Zimbabwe in support of their legislative, oversight and representational functions.

Location:

The department is housed in the 3rd Floor, North Wing of the Pax House which is adjacent to the main Parliament Building.

Purpose

  • Meet the information needs of MPs on Topics under debate. Researchers assist individual Members of Parliament with Motions notes (NOT SPEECHES) for presentation in the House following for example the presentation of The State Of The Nation Address by His Excellency, The President, to Parliament.
  • Provide Research Services to Portfolio /Thematic Committees of Parliament. Each Portfolio /Thematic Committee has a dedicated researcher who attends to the research needs of the committee and also attends all Public Hearings as part of the Committee secretariat. The researcher carries out research on issues that are under investigation by the committee.
  • Prepare Fact Sheets. The Research Department prepares Fact sheets to assist members with summarized information which are easy to understand and remember. These Fact sheets are concise information briefs dealing with topical socio -economic political and other issues of relevance to society and information needs of members.
  • Prepare Bills Digests. The department prepares short briefs about a bill before it is tabled in the House, in order to equip Members of Parliament with the scope and subject matter of the Bills in advance.
  • Maintain and Update the Informatics Data Base. The Informatics Database contains socio-economic profiles ( CONSTITUENCY PROFILES) for all the 210 Constituencies in the country. The information highlights variables such as the number of schools, clinics, dip-tanks, etc in a given constituency. This information is constantly updated and assists MPs in planning and debating in the House from an informed position.
  • Prepare background papers. Researchers' key role of improving information delivery to members finds expression primarily through the preparation of background papers necessary for MP's to participate in various national, regional and international conferences.
  • Write Research Papers. The department writes research papers on various topics or thematic issues that would benefit Members of Parliament and their constituencies.