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 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, in categories.
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 in 12 districts. Published November 2013. View the executive summary (pdf)
Trachoma elimination in Africa: Lessons from two multi-country initiatives
The project aimed to scale up the SAFE approach and strengthen health systems towards eliminating trachoma in 10 countries. The learning exercise generates evidence to contribute to future programmes. Learn more and read the report
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)
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)
Cataract surgical uptake synthesis review
This executive summary analyses and assesses external evidence alongside internal evidence from Sightsavers’ evaluations and inclusive data activities, which relates to the access and uptake of cataract surgery by women and girls. Published March 2022. View the executive summary (pdf)
Gender Synthesis Review, 2020
The burden of blindness is higher amongst women, and women and girls with disabilities face double discrimination. How well are we responding to this challenge? This report covers findings and recommendations from 17 project evaluations. Published May 2020. View the executive summary (pdf)
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)