With funds raised through Campaign SightFirst II, SightFirst is able to support new project areas aimed at providing “vision for all.” These include vision rehabilitation and education for those who are blind or have low vision, as well as vision research initiatives. While research is different from the traditional SightFirst strategies of service delivery and capacity building, it has the potential to improve these core program activities and enhance blindness prevention efforts worldwide.
There are three primary types of research: Operational, Evaluative and Discovery.
SightFirst emphasizes high-quality, data-driven projects for best use of LCIF funds. Operational research can be directly linked to assessing and improving our programs’ effectiveness, while evaluative research can have a more indirect link to furthering our goals by identifying needs and helping to guide strategies.
SightFirst funds operational and evaluative public health research projects. Projects must relate to improving SightFirst programs by identifying needs and assessing program strategies, especially related to equity, capacity building and sustainability in the delivery of eye care. Expanding the monitoring and evaluation budgets of existing SightFirst projects will also be considered. Priorities include research projects that:
In general, SightFirst projects must focus on the major causes of blindness on national or large regional levels. These projects reach populations who are underserved or who have limited or no access to eye health care services. The program funds high-quality, sustainable projects that deliver eye care services, develop infrastructure, train personnel and/or provide rehabilitation and education in underserved communities.
Find more information, including the SightFirst grant application, disease-specific questionnaires and long-range policy papers.