Research at Sightsavers is guided by our five year strategy (2014-2019) that emphasises the importance of reliable evidence for the organisation and provides guidance to our staff and partners on how to collect and use it.
All our research is implemented in partnership with academic and research institutions (with whom we have a history of collaboration). Unlike many other organisations in the sector, we do not limit our engagement to commissioning and managing research contracts. For all our research projects we form research implementation partnerships, which include our academic partners. Our staff are an integral part of the research design and implementation, and are involved in all stages of the research process from writing research protocols and ethics applications to data analysis and dissemination. We are also seeking to expand our research partnerships, particularly in new research areas and in the countries where we work. We also work to diversify our sources of research income through joint grant applications with academic institutions to research funding bodies, and through research collaborations with other iNGOs.
The dedicated research team within Sightsavers has 13 permanent staff and five project-specific staff. They are researchers with a variety of backgrounds including epidemiology, health economics, social science, demography and systematic reviews. The research team is located in the UK and across the regions Sightsavers has programmes in. For contact details regarding specific research projects, please see the project pages.