The Innovation Fund is part of the Sightsavers programme partnership arrangement with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).
The fund was established to encourage innovative projects to be tried and tested, with the aim of learning lessons that could lead to breakthroughs in how Sightsavers does its development work and, through sharing and communication, influence development actors including DFID and other agencies working to improve eye health.
The fund primarily used DFID’s definition of innovation, which states that innovation does not “necessarily mean ‘brand new’ (eg innovative practices, innovative partnerships, innovative approaches)”. It noted that there is an “element of experimentation” involved, with the “risk of failure”.
This evaluation was commissioned in late 2012 to investigate progress, to examine each project using three basic criteria (structure, process and outcomes/results), and to make recommendations for adjustments and changes to ensure each project could deliver on its aims. Publication date: May 2013.