Category Archives: Effective giving

Is grantee / beneficiary feedback a substitute for RCTs?

The short answer is no. At first sight, it seems that randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and Constituent Voice (CV: a good way of gathering feedback from programme beneficiaries or grantees) could substitute for each other because they both seek to … Continue reading

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The key barriers to strategic philanthropy are practical

This was published by Stanford Social Innovation Review in a series about strategic philanthropy. Encouraging more strategic philanthropy is a behavior change exercise. Paul Brest and I are fellow travellers and co-conspirators in that mission. But his article implies that … Continue reading

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Behavioural insights are rocket-fuel for charities

Few people can claim that their work has been used routinely to inform or improve fundraising, reproductive health, the governance of African countries or road safety, or to help people to get jobs or quit smoking; but the US economist … Continue reading

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Charities should get good at research uptake

Every school child knows that vitamin C prevents scurvy. But how long was it from when James Lind, a Scottish naval surgeon, made that important discovery in 1747 until the British Navy started providing fruit juice to sailors? At that … Continue reading

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Systematic review of evidence to inform funding practice: outdoor learning

“What is known about what works and what doesn’t? What can we learn from the existing literature and experience of other organisations about what works and what doesn’t – and for whom and in what circumstances – which can help … Continue reading

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Non-publication of charities’ research: groundbreaking new project!

This was first published by our friends at Evidence Matters. It’s hard to make evidence-based decisions if much of the evidence is missing, ropey, unclear or you can’t find it. Charities produce masses of evidence about their effectiveness but Giving Evidence … Continue reading

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Does the charity sector have a publication bias problem?

This article first published in Third Sector. It’s hard to make evidence-based decisions if much of the evidence is missing or ropey. So it’s disastrous that the results of many medical clinical trials are missing, preventing doctors from using them. … Continue reading

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Moneyball Philanthropy? Not Always

This article, by Ehren Reed of the Skoll Foundation and Caroline Fiennes, first published in Forbes. Some charities are better than others, so we should find the good ones. On that we can all agree. We should support the charities … Continue reading

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Easy ways for philanthropic donors to see if they’re doing well

This article was first  published by the Social Impact Analysts Association. Some skiers are better than others. Some singers are better than others. The same for teaching, nursing and curling. So it seems reasonable to suppose that some people are … Continue reading

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Philanthropy in transition

Caroline Fiennes was one of 11 leaders interviewed by The Guardian for the Philanthropy in Transition series.  A new generation of donors wants impact and engagement Out of the dot.com boom came a new breed of donors for whom good … Continue reading

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