Category Archives: Impact & evaluation

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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Donors don’t care much about impact! (say the data)

This article first published in Third Sector. There has been a huge rise in interest recently in the impact charities have, so it’s remarkable that only now are we seeing rigorous evidence emerging about whether donors actually care. It’s a … Continue reading

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Lessons during the decade since the Asian tsunami

This article first appeared in Third Sector.  It’s 10 years this December since the Indian Ocean Boxing Day tsunami. We salute those who died, those who mourn, those who tended; and we celebrate those who’ve since sought to improve response … Continue reading

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Publishing the whole truth

This article first appeared in Third Sector. The C&A Foundation – linked to the department store that closed in the UK but is flourishing elsewhere – joins a small clutch of non-profits this month that publicise the lows as well … 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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Don’t Die of Ignorance

This was first published by Third Sector, in Caroline Fiennes’ regular column. It sounds pretty good – a programme that aims to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by improving the educational opportunities of low-income families through early childhood … Continue reading

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