Our aim is to become more evidence-based in our approach, both in designing our programmes and to support our advocacy work.

People riding a motorbike in Madhya Pradesh.

In order to influence governments to affect change, we have to ensure we provide adequate evidence, research and policy documentation illustrating that the issues we are concerned with need serious consideration.

In 2017, Sightsavers was awarded Independent Research Organisation (IRO) status by Research Councils UK. To qualify as an IRO, organisations must prove to Research Councils UK that they “possess an existing in-house capacity to carry out research that materially extends and enhances the national research base” and that they are able to “demonstrate an independent capability to undertake and lead research programmes.”

Our policy and research work is based broadly around our four strategic priorities: also known as our change themes. These are health, education, social inclusion and community development.

Our research strategy sets out four objectives:

  • Keep up to date with the existing body of evidence and ensure its effective use in our programmes and advocacy
  • Conduct high quality research to generate new evidence to address global knowledge gaps and our operational challenges
  • Build organisational capacity and effective partnerships to generate, understand and use research evidence
  • Ensure effective dissemination of research findings within and outside the organisation
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Research centre

Gathering and disseminating sound research evidence is the best way to ensure our programmes are effective in achieving their goals and meeting the needs of the people they are designed to serve.
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Sightsavers Reports

Knowledge product building partnership project supported by the European Union

Knowledge product building partnership project supported by the European Union

Sightsavers Reports

Neglected and Forgotten: Women with disabilities during the COVID crisis in India

Sightsavers and the Rising Flame initiated a research to respond to the urgent needs of women with disabilities in India during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sightsavers Reports

Gender and disability: A perspective from India

Gender and disability: A perspective from India

Sightsavers Reports

Demand for and provision of eye care services in slum populations in Jaipur, India

The overall aim of this study is to better understand the demand for and provision of eye care services in the city of Jaipur, with a specific focus on urban slum-dwelling communities.

Sightsavers Reports

Saving sight, changing lives

Approximately 10 per cent of our urban population is homeless, while 5 per cent of all urban slums are not recognised by the government.

Sightsavers Reports

Voicing concerns

Children with disabilities are less likely to be in school, disabled adults are more likely to be unemployed, and families with a disabled member are often worse off than average.

Sightsavers Reports

Eye care in India: A Situation Analysis

The primary objective of this situational analysis document is to comprehensively explore several aspects of blindness and vision impairment in India.

education ngo in india
Sightsavers Reports

Situation analysis on inclusive education programme in the state of Madhya Pradesh

It was felt that a situation analysis needs to be commissioned to make a programmatic plan for inclusive education programme in the state.

Sightsavers Reports

Policies and Schemes of Central and State Governments for People with Disabilities

This document is an outcome of a study commissioned by Sightsavers India and has been developed to provide information on the various policies and schemes of the central and state governments in India.

education for blind
Sightsavers Reports

Health and hygiene among the girl child

A School based Study on Hygiene, Sanitation and Health among Girls in Howrah: Knowledge and Practices.