In 2016 we conducted a review of 26 evaluation reports, covering our work in specific countries and individual programmes.
Key findings about volunteering
- VSO interventions made people's lives better by improving the quality of and access to services in education and health.
- Volunteers are often crucial in encouraging collaboration and developing new networks.
- Our contribution to change is more complex than suggested by the existing Global Theory of Change.
Key finding about the evaluations
- The majority of the reports written and conducted by VSO staff scored 'minimum' standard, which performed better than externally authored ones.
- Evaluations rated fairly well at including the perspectives of primary actors in the evidence.
- Evaluations were still weak on involving the people we are trying to help from the beginning of the evaluation.
Timely evaluation plays a critical role in understanding the contribution we make in delivering sustainable development.