“Advice on giving, based on evidence“
Giving Evidence works to get charitable giving based on evidence. It was founded by Caroline Fiennes, an acclaimed author and former award-winning charity CEO with over 10 years experience advising donors and charities. It has three streams of work, which in the last six months, have included over a dozen countries:
1. Advising donors and charities on improving performance by making evidence-based decisions. Our independent advice covers the best strategies for giving money, the best ways of giving time, the best charities for them to support, the best ways to organise that support and to understand their impact. We help donors and charities to create processes which use evidence in decisions, to understand their own effectiveness, to identify where to improve, to identify how best to intervene, to make their organisation cultures more orientated around evidence, to collect evidence e.g., from employees and beneficiaries. Clients include the Institute for Government, Cambridge University, the Guardian’s giving programme, a large international family foundation, a small new family foundation, Eurostar, the Institute of Family Business, the Association of Tennis Professionals (the men’s professional body).
“Caroline Fiennes is a great source of advice about charitable giving. She’s helped Eurostar become effective very rapidly“ - Eurostar CEO Richard Brown
More information about Giving Evidence’s services for donors and recent client engagements is here.
2. Thought leadership: Caroline frequently comments and writes in the press about charitable giving, including recently in Freakonomics, the FT, Money Week, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5Live, Alliance Magazine, The Guardian, Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Daily Mail, Huffington Post and the charity sector press. She speaks at many conferences and events, e.g., Skoll World Forum, the annual meeting of the Community Foundations of Canada, Skeptics in the Pub events, provides training to foundations through the Social Impact Analysts Association, Association of Charitable Foundations, Arab Foundations Forum. She spokes recently at TED – see below.
3. Randomised control trials: Representing in Europe the two networks which run RCTs to understand global poverty: J-PAL (part of MIT), and its sister international NGO Innovations for Poverty Action. Giving Evidence’s role is sharing the resulting evidence with funders and practitioner charities, familiarising the charity & philanthropy sectors with the RCT method and its limitations, and encouraging policy-makers to make decisions based on high-quality evidence.
She is on boards of the US Center for Effective Philanthropy, of the world’s largest charity rating agency Charity Navigator, Evidence Aid (part of The Cochrane Collaboration), UKSIF (the UK Social Investment Forum), is the Corporation of London’s City Philanthropy Coach.
Contact. To book Caroline to speak, or for advice about your giving, contact enquiries [at] giving-evidence [dot] com