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Evaluating our work

Evaluation is crucial to the successful delivery of Sightsavers’ projects, programmes and strategies, helping us to identify, learn and adapt.

This improves our accountability to beneficiaries and donors, enables us to assess outcome and impact, and helps us build knowledge based on evidence and learning. Evaluation occurs at set times in our project cycle and usually focuses on providing a comprehensive overview of a project’s achievements. It can occur at the mid-term and end of the project. An evaluation must be objective, therefore our evaluations are often (but not always) conducted by an external consultant.

End-of-term evaluations are conducted where we believe we could learn from them, or if a donor requires it. We use seven evaluation criteria: Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact, Sustainability, Scalability, and Coordination.

Mid-term reviews are carried out on a project-by-project basis if needed. Robust monitoring processes indicate when and where a more detailed review is necessary.

Synthesis evaluations and reviews are also conducted, which we call ‘iReflect’. These focus on a broad topic and analyse the evidence to inform future work.

Below are links to executive summaries for our evaluations, organised into categories.

Eye health

A woman is given sunglasses following cataract surgery in Kenya.

Promoting quality ophthalmology in East Africa project: end-of-term evaluation

This five-year intervention was funded by the European Union. The evaluation aimed to establish to what extent the project has reduced poverty by improving access to eye health and the quality of eye care in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Published July 2014. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

A woman has her bandages removed after undergoing trachoma surgery in Kenya.

Support to the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation: Eye Care Programme Kenya 2009 to 2013: end-of-term evaluation

The Kenya Eye Care Programme aimed to introduce eye health services throughout Kenya. The evaluation focused on the 2009-2013 element, which targeted 12 districts. Published November 2013. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

Four-year-old Arman smiles in his new dark glasses, as he's held by his father after his cataract surgery in Bangladesh.

Vision Bangladesh project: end-of-term evaluation

The goal of the project was to eliminate avoidable blindness from Bangladesh by 2020. The evaluation aimed to review achievements and challenges of the project, highlight lessons and suggest a way forward, and develop recommendations for the project. Published June 2014. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

A boyhas his eyes examined by a health worker in Senegal.

Post Health for Peace Initiative in West Africa: end-of-term evaluation 

This project, in Senegal, Guinea Bissau and the Gambia, aimed to establish good-quality, accessible and affordable eye care services reaching at least 60 per cent of the population. The evaluation assesses its progress and impact across the sub-region. Published April 2014. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

A mother with her son in Dhaka. He is wearing his new spectacles.

Bangladesh Dhaka Urban Comprehensive Eye Care Project: end-of-term evaluation

The project aimed to increase awareness of eye care among poor urban communities in Dhaka, and increase access to eye services. This evaluation assesses the achievements. Published March 2015. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

A boy smiles and is embraced by his father after having his dressings removed following eye surgery in Bangladesh.

Strengthen national capacities on paediatric ophthalmology in Bangladesh: end-of-term evaluation

The project aimed to train paediatric ophthalmic teams and establish a paediatric outpatient department. The evaluation assessed the achievements against targets to date. Published February 2015. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

A group of residents in Kolkata, dressed in colourful clothing.

Kolkata Urban Comprehensive Eye Care Programme: end-of-term evaluation

This project was developed to reduce avoidable blindness in Kolkata, especially among women and children in urban slums. The  evaluation aimed to understand the effectiveness of the project in reducing avoidable blindness. Published June 2015. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

A boy in Pakistan wears special spectacles during an eye test.

Pakistan Urban Paediatric Eye Care Programme: mid-term review / end-of-term evaluation

Sightsavers ran a five-year project on child eye health in slum areas of five cities. The aim was to identify children with low vision and provide treatment.
View the mid-term review (pdf) / View the end-of-term evaluation (pdf)

 

Nazondani Mologeni, 76, having her eyes checked by OCO Harold Malinda.

Advancing Healthy Communities in East Africa: end-of-term evaluation 

The programme aimed to increase access to eye health services and to reduce the cataract surgical backlog in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The evaluation looked at how the programme has improved eye health and what has been learned. Published June 2015. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

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Sightsavers reports

Neglected tropical diseases

Three children lean over a wall and fill yellow containers with water from a tap.

Kenya Marsabit Trachoma Control Programme: end-of-term evaluation 

Since April 2011, Sightsavers has been implementing a trachoma control project with Comic Relief funding in Marsabit, Kenya, focusing on the scale-up of the WHO’s SAFE strategy. The evaluation assesses the project’s achievements. Published February 2015. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

A child in Senegal holds Zithromax tablets in his hand.

Global Trachoma Mapping Project (GTMP): end-of-project evaluation 

The aim of the three-year GTMP was to map the prevalence of trachoma using smartphones, across all endemic areas worldwide. This evaluation looks at how effective the project has been at mapping the disease and identifies key lessons learned. Published March 2016. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

Elimination of blinding trachoma in Guinea-Bissau: end of three-year phase evaluation (2013-2015) – final evaluation report 

The trachoma project was a three-year phase of a long-term SAFE intervention in Guinea-Bissau. The evaluation aims to assess overall achievement of outputs against targets. Published March 2016. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

A man looks into a eye testing machine.

Northern Nigeria Integrated NTDs Control (UNITED) Programme: mid-term evaluation

The programme’s goal is to reduce the prevalence and stop the transmission of seven NTDs. The evaluation assesses whether objectives are being met. Published February 2016. View executive summary (pdf)

 

Read more of our reports and evaluations

Sightsavers reports

Social inclusion

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iReflect on Social Inclusion

This report presents the findings of a synthesis review commissioned by Sightsavers, as part of a process to develop a global strategy on social inclusion. The review aims to collate experience, knowledge and analysis from internal evidence. Published September 2014. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

Sylvia sat down, knitting on a machine.

iReflect Economic Empowerment and Financial Inclusion

This report presents the findings of a synthesis report to collect knowledge from Sightsavers’ economic empowerment projects. This is to support the implementation of Sightsavers’ Empowerment and Inclusion Strategic Framework. Published March 2016. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

Hazrat with his family.

‘Inclusive’: Barrier-Free Inclusive Society for Persons with Disabilities: end-of-term evaluation 

The objective of the project was to ensure people with disabilities can participate equally in society. The  evaluation assesses the project’s achievements and challenges. Published March 2016. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

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Connecting the Dots: Investing in youth with disabilities in Uganda, end-term project evaluation 

The EU-funded Connecting the Dots project sought to give 324 young people with disabilities access to vocational skills. The evaluation assesses its achievements. Published November 2016. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

Read more of our reports and evaluations

Sightsavers reports

Education

A group of smiling children are standing next to each other.

Zambia Inclusive Education Programme: end-of-term evaluation 

This evaluation assesses the achievements of a three-year programme to strengthen national capacities for inclusive education in Zambia, which began in 2011. It targeted 615 children who are blind, who have low vision or refractive errors. Published January 2015. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

Read more of our reports and evaluations

Sightsavers reports

Cross-cutting

Evaluation of Sightsavers’ Innovation Fund round 1 

The Innovation Fund is part of the Sightsavers programme partnership arrangement with the UK’s DFID. It was established to encourage innovative projects, to learn lessons that could change how Sightsavers does its development work. Published May 2013. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

Independent evaluation of Sightsavers’ Innovation fund round 2 

The Innovation Fund round 2 supported nine operational and five research projects over 18 months ending March 2014. This report evaluates how projects addressed challenges in eye health, inclusive education and social inclusion. Published October 2014. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

Woman pushing child in wheelchair

Strengthening Sightsavers’ reach and impact in West Africa: end-of-term evaluation

This evaluation assesses the achievements from the first four years of the West Africa 2012-2015 programme, supported by Irish Aid. Published November 2015. View the executive summary (pdf)

 

Read more of our reports and evaluations

Sightsavers reports