Our research

High-quality research is critical to help Sightsavers successfully deliver its strategy and programmes in the countries where we work.

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

Our in-house research team is comprised of more than 30 people based around the world, with skills ranging from epidemiology and economics to community-based participatory research. Our research activities also involve many more people across our organisation.

Collaboration with a broad range of research partners is key to developing research capacity both within Sightsavers and among our partners, and we continue to strive to extend our network of partnerships in the countries where 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.

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Our latest research news

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Sightsavers blog

How our research could help more than 50 million women

Sightsavers researchers are working to understand how we can care for women with female genital schistosomiasis, a devastating disease that affects millions of women in Africa.

Omosefe Osinoiki, June 2023
Ophthalmic nurse Suraju helps a young girl wash her hands using water from a teapot.

Sightsavers and RSTMH host learning event on major tropical disease programme

Sightsavers and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene are hosting an event with experts from the Ascend West and Central Africa programme to share key learnings.

September 2022
An eye health worker shines a torch into a woman's eyes to check for eye issues. She's wearing a colourful pink headscarf.

Sightsavers publishes new eye health research in partnership with RSTMH

The research supplement highlights how non-governmental organisations such as Sightsavers can generate high-quality evidence through their programmes.

April 2022