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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

Recent evaluation highlights include:

Evaluation of home-based Early Childhood Care and Education for Rohingya refugees

As part of our Education in Emergencies project, we are supporting over 6,600 Rohingya children aged 3-14 in Jamtali Rohingya Camp, Bangladesh to access Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in a safe environment.

This evaluation examines the effectiveness of home-based ECCE in the camp, finding that:

  • older sisters and mothers who act as community volunteers have developed a sense of ownership through their involvement in the project;
  • home-based education is preferred, with over 98% of parents satisfied with the cleanliness, location and safety of the home-based centres;
  • most parents and teachers are positive about changes in children's learning and behaviour as a result of the project;
  • as part of a wider package of interventions, the project has contributed to a reduction in the percentage of children without access to education, which has reduced to 16% in July 2019.

Download the summary evaluation [PDF]

ICS Social Return on Investment Evaluation

Commissioned by VSO, and delivered by NEF Consulting, the ICS Social Return on Investment Evaluation explores the long term return on investment of youth volunteering, finding that for every £1 spent on the ICS programme, an estimated £4.64 in social value is created.

Find out more about the report

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.


Approaches to National Volunteering, VSO Nigeria

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


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.


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.


Youth community volunteering in Bangladesh

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


Further information

For further information and to access more of our evaluations, contact Miriam Karim, Knowledge and Learning Coordinator: