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Our evaluations


We know that timely evaluation plays a critical role in understanding the contribution we make in delivering sustainable development.

Rigorous evaluations allow us to:

  • improve what we do, to inform programme development, and
  • prove what we do, so we are accountable to the poor and marginalised communities we serve, donors, partners, and peer organisations.

Evaluation highlights

Meta-evaluation and synthesis review

VSO meta-evaluation cover

In 2016 we conducted a review of 26 VSO evaluation reports, covering our work in specific countries and individual programmes.  

The aims were to:

  • review the quality of existing evidence and identify key areas for improvement;
  • analyse the collection of evidence to understand the collective impact of our work;
  • identify and understand trends in our impact and sustainability across different contexts, core approaches and core programme areas (education, health and livelihoods).

Read the key findings and download the report

Value for Money: CASH Tanzania

The findings from a project to empower smallholder farmers to participate in a higher return market and transform agriculture from subsistence activity to a profitable enterprise.

Download VSO Project Evaluation - Value For Money CASH Tanzania.pdf 

Download the VSO management response [PDF] to the evaluation, and the full Social Cost Benefit Analysis of the CASH project [Excel].

Approaches to National Volunteering, VSO Nigeria

Understanding the contribution of national volunteering models towards programme and project objectives and outcomes in Nigeria.

Download Evaluation of approaches to National Volunteering, VSO Nigeria [PDF]

Sri Lanka post-closure evaluation

One year after we finished working in Sri Lanka, 75% of the skills, income, and process developments that we supported are being sustained, highlighting the effectiveness and continued positive impact of our approach to capacity development.

Find out more about our Sri Lanka post-closure evaluation

Cameroon post-closure evaluation

The post-closure evaluation in Cameroon tested and examined VSO’s assumptions about building capacity of local partner organisations, and the impact this has.

Download the Cameroon post-closure evaluation report [PDF]

Youth volunteering contribution to sexual reproductive health development results in Baglung, Nepal

Understanding and documenting the effects of the VSO ICS programme on sexual reproductive health.

Download Youth volunteering contribution to sexual reproductive health development results in Baglung [PDF]

Youth community volunteering in Bangladesh

Increasing understanding of how youth community volunteers contribute towards VSO development objectives.

Download the Youth community volunteering in Bangladesh report [PDF]

Further information

For further information and to access more of our evaluations, contact Miriam Karim, Knowledge and Learning Coordinator: miriam.karim@vsoint.org.