Evaluating World Vision’s Child Sponsorship Programs

Overview

This project adopted quasi-experimental methods as well as a realist evaluation approach to examine the impacts of child sponsorship programs in selected communities located in Georgia, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, and Peru. The project demonstrated positive results for participating children and communities while shedding light on how the many mechanisms across many contexts produce these benefits. The research also had implications for World Vision’s policies and practices moving forward to reach more vulnerable children with greater impact.

Partners

  • World Vision International
  • Community Matters
  • Deakin University
  • SOAS University of London

Publications

  • Child Sponsorship Impact Evidence Brief (PDF, 160 KB)
  • Jennings, M., Clarke, M., Feeny, S., Westhorp, G. and C. Donohue (2020), A Potent Fuel? Faith Identity and Development in World Vision Community Programming, Journal of International Development, Vol.33, No.1, pp. 70-85.
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We conduct research that leads to the design of innovative, evidence-based policies that promote sustainable improvements in the quality of peoples’ lives and maximise the benefits from international trade.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.