Which Organization has the Best Child Sponsorship Program?
To understand the effectiveness of a sponsorship program, we should look to the independent research of others instead of self-assessments, donor impressions or individualized accounts of impact.
Fortunately, we have access to an independent and peer-reviewed research study published in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of Political Economy to help us.
In 2008, Dr. Bruce Wydick and two colleagues conducted research on the effectiveness of international child sponsorship in helping kids escape poverty.
The research team wanted to compare multiple child sponsorship programs. However, Compassion was the only child sponsorship organization to accept the invitation to join the study.
Instead of comparing programs in multiple organizations, the research team focused on researching the adult life outcomes of formerly sponsored children in our program against the outcomes of children who were not part of the program.
Researchers collected data on more than 10,000 individuals in six countries between 1980 and 1992; children enrolled during that time were adults between 2008 and 2010.
The research found that Compassion-sponsored children were more likely to complete all levels of education.
As adults, they were more likely to become salaried employees, more likely to have white-collar jobs and more likely to be community leaders helping improve entire communities.