Strategic Evaluation of the Vision Bangladesh Project

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Client Sightsavers
Dates 2014
Sector(s)Global Health
Service(s)Policy & Economics, Review & Evaluation, Strategy & Finance
Sightsavers is an international development organisation and its overall goal is to contribute to the achievement of the MDGs by eliminating avoidable blindness and promoting equality of opportunity for disabled people. The Vision Bangladesh Project is a joint venture of BRAC, Sightsavers and the Government of Bangladesh designed to eliminate the backlog of cataract blindness from Sylhet (in Bangladesh) by 2013, while establishing or strengthening collaboration/ coordination between a range of stakeholders

CEPA was appointed by Sightsavers to undertake an evaluation to assess the project’s achievements, challenges, capture lessons learned and suggest the way forward for Sightsavers in the context of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability, scalability/ replication and coherence/ coordination. The evaluation covered four dimensions comprising:
  • Project design to assess the project’s alignment with local, national and international priorities and policies.
  • Implementation and coordination to assess whether the project had been implemented effectively, efficiently and in coordination with partners.
  • Results and impact covering an assessment of the main project results/ impact in terms of achievements and programmatic challenges.
  • Sustainability and scalability focussing on the extent to which the project was technically, programmatically and financially sustainable and whether the project could be replicated or scaled up.
The evaluation also involved developing recommendations, comprising both strategic recommendations (e.g. sustainability and scalability of the project) and operational recommendations (e.g. how to improve programme effectiveness and coordination). CEPA employed a range of techniques for the evaluation, including a desk-based review of documentation, consultations with a range of stakeholders; field visit to Dhaka and Sylhet (including to health facilities, clinics, etc), and quantitative analysis.