High-quality research is critical to help Sightsavers deliver its strategy and programmes successfully.

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Sightsavers supports research in eye health, neglected tropical diseases, education and social inclusion.

Collaborative working with a broad range of research partners is key to developing research capacity both within the organisation and among our partners, and we continue to strive to extend our network of partnerships in the countries in which we work.

Our research centre has more information on how we work, including our organisational research strategy and a selection of our past and current projects and publications.

Our research centre

In 2017, Sightsavers was awarded Independent Research Organisation (IRO) status, making us one of the only international non-governmental organisations to hold this status in the UK.

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Why we conduct research

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Inform programmes

We feed evidence back into our programme design, to make sure they help people in the best possible way.

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Generate evidence

We conduct high quality research to address global gaps in knowledge and improve how we operate.

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Build partnerships

Our research helps us to build effective partnerships so we can generate and use evidence effectively.

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Share our findings

Finally, we make sure our research findings are shared effectively, both within and outside the organisation.

Read more about Sightsavers’ research

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Sightsavers from the field

“A thing of joy”: celebrating seven years of the COUNTDOWN programme

This major research programme, which ended in 2021, has supported people with neglected tropical diseases to speak out about their illnesses and how they would like to be treated.

November 2021
Kareen Atekem is shown in a yellow Sightsavers top standing outside next to a Sightsavers vehicle.

Sightsavers researcher wins recognition for innovative NTD project

Kareen Atekem's work on a new project to help control and eliminate two neglected tropical diseases has been recognised by the NTD Innovation Prize competition.

September 2021
Edith with Atugonza, one of the graduates of the Connecting the Dots programme.
Sightsavers blog

Why tackling disability discrimination is key to employment projects

As part of our Connecting the Dots project in Uganda, we tested a new way of boosting employment rates by influencing communities, families and businesses to act more positively toward people with disabilities.

Edith Kagoya, June 2021