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Evaluating Our Work

Generating knowledge and sharing learnings for improvement is strategically important to achieve our goals and realise our vision. 

Evaluations generate lessons learned and knowledge for future decisions. By conducting evaluations, we find out if we are doing the right activities, if we are doing those activities well, and, if we are doing them for the right persons. They help us, and our partners, know how we can jointly improve the quality and impact of our work. 

Evaluations also help us to be accountable to our target groups, partner organisations and donors through assessing whether we delivered what we promised and whether we spent our funds in the best possible way. 

Below you will find summaries of evaluations at various levels, ranging from evaluations of specific projects to evaluations of evaluations, among others. These files are also available for search and download within the Resources & Publications section of our global website. 

Synthesis Evaluation of 11 Country Plan Mid-Term Reviews (2020): Key recommendations and CBM’s response

In 2019 an external synthesis evaluation of 11 Mid Term Reviews of CBM Country Plans was commissioned to learn from experiences and to identify potential for improvement of CBM’s country planning process. The synthesis evaluation has generated important insights and recommendations on how to further strengthen CBM’s approach to country planning and operationalisation of strategies. Important adjustments are since being implemented by CBM in the areas of process adaptation, capacity building, empowerment and learning. We expect that this will further improve the effectiveness of our development work.   

Lessons from CBM’s response to COVID-19 in India: Agility makes the difference

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a global impact with local or national lockdowns imposed in 172 countries. Morbidity and mortality due to the virus has seriously damaged both the health of populations and the economy. Government and non-governmental agencies (NGOs) have been hard pressed to respond meaningfully in the global crisis, the likes of which have not been experienced in recent times. CBM Country Office in India reflects on the challenges and lessons learnt in responding to the crisis. The need to be alert, responsive, and consultative is highlighted.

Meta Evaluation of 24 CBM Project Evaluations

CBM International commissioned the independent Center for Evaluation (CEval Germany) to conduct a synthesis of a sample of 24 project evaluations. The evaluations took place in 2016 and 2017 and spread across CBM’s project regions and initiatives.

The purpose of the synthesis was to gain a broader understanding of achievements of CBM supported interventions (projects) and to learn from recurring findings and recommendations. It assessed the usage of evaluations by project and partner staff to enhance the utility of evaluations. 

Evaluation of CBM Eye-Health Programmes

In 2017, a CBM team of eye health specialists, as well as evaluation and disability-inclusive development advisors, conducted a synthesized evaluation of CBM-supported inclusive eye health programmes in six countries (Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam). The results were published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology in 2018, and as a poster-presentation during the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology in Hong Kong.

Evaluation of a Community-Based Inclusive Development Project in Sri Lanka

The evaluation assessed the achievements and effectiveness of a project aimed at strengthening the most vulnerable groups of society, such as women, children and persons with disabilities, over a three-year period in Sri Lanka.

The project addressed local authorities and community representatives to enhance governance practises in addressing poverty, in particular within vulnerable populations. Enhancing collaboration between non-state-actors and local authorities was targeted towards the creation of income generation of the most disadvantaged households.

The findings confirmed that the project has strengthened the community to encourage local authorities to serve the most vulnerable groups through participatory planning processes.