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.