Giving Evidence encourages and enables charitable giving based on sound evidence.
Our work is to improve effectiveness. We have worked with many donors, on many issues, in many sectors, over many years. Some are shown below. Hear our clients’ views about us.
We also work to improve the system for producing and using evidence by charities and donors.
Giving Evidence does broadly three types of work:
Advice for donors (consulting). This is private advice to donors, funders and foundations. Sometimes we ‘just’ identify great grantees and manage those relationships. Other times, our work is more like brain surgery, doing deep strategy reviews and re-designs, and re-shaping organisational processes to improve effectiveness.
Research and analysis (mainly, commissioned research). This results in published research. For example, we produced a systematic review (with the EPPI Centre at University College London) of the rigorous evidence around outdoor learning, commissioned by a UK foundation. We did a detailed research and analysis of whether Royal patronages help UK charities (answer: not that we could find). All our published research is here.
Speaking and writing (campaigning) to raise donors’ awareness of how to be effective. This involves speaking and writing publicly: for example, Caroline Fiennes’ 3-year Financial Times column, appearing on BBC TV, writing in Forbes, Freakonomics, the scientific journal Nature, speaking at Skoll World Forum, the Global Evidence and Implementation Summit, the Arab Foundations Forum, and to many donor groups. Much of our press is here, videos of talks are here, events are listed here.