Discount on acclaimed new book about giving!
- Getting Better: Improving Education By Learning from Evidence-Based Medicine
- Good charities spend more on administration than less good charities spend
- What the First Social Impact Bond Won’t Tell Us
- Happy birthday, book!
- Free for you: Insight on what works
- Bad Book: Why Philanthropy Matters
- Interesting snippets
- What is decent evidence?
- What was it about 2003?
- Don’t ask “what’s the impact of this charity?”
- Whats the point of corporate philanthropy?
- Why ‘What’s Our Impact?’ is the Wrong Question
Author Archives: carolinefiennes
‘It’s chilling that when we think we are doing good, we may actually be doing harm’ – Dr Ben Goldacre Giving Evidence is launching a new project to improve the effectiveness of education in less developed countries, … Continue reading
Ground-breaking analysis by Giving Evidence disproves the popular idea that charities should spend less on administration. This is the first analysis which shows (doesn’t just argue) that high-performing charities spend more on administration costs than weaker ones do. So it’s … Continue reading
This article first published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Social impact bonds (SIBs) are a high-profile innovation in funding public services. The pilot SIB in Peterborough, UK, which aims to reduce recidivism, has been widely watched and—despite not yet … Continue reading
It’s a year since the publication of It Ain’t What You Give, It’s the Way That You Give It. This, Caroline Fiennes’ book about how any donor can do a great job, has met a great response: “A terrific read” … Continue reading
The government’s new What Works Centres should be awesome. And they should be a fantastic and free resource for charities and donors and others, which we can use to dramatically improve effectiveness. What are you on about? Wouldn’t it be … Continue reading
If Princeton University Press hadn’t provided a free chapter of Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Means for Our Economic Well-Being by Zoltan J. Acs, I might have bought it. But I could barely stomach that first chapter, so my thoughts are … Continue reading
Some bits & bobs about evidence & effectiveness in giving. Updated as & when. “Ask an important question, answer it reliably, and publish the results promptly, irrespective of the ﬁndings”: good advice for any experiment, from an article in The Lancet … Continue reading
‘Evidence is not the plural of anecdote’, wags often say. Sure, but what is it? Evidence comes in many forms, some distinctly better than others. Below is a hierarchy produced by NESTA. Is it any good? Level 1 is essentially having … Continue reading
This seems to be the Year of Tenth Anniversaries of Good Things: evidently 2003 was a bumper year for setting up entities focused on improving philanthropy, charities and social enterprises. Happy tenth birthday to: Innovations for Poverty Action: a global … Continue reading
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