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- Help the homeless — don’t give them spare change
- What is evidence-based philanthropy?
- Breaking the hunger cycle for the price of a bus ticket
- Why are there so many charities?
- Don’t spread the love with your Christmas charity giving
- How we could can impact measurement more useful
- What makes philanthropy succeed? – potentially revealing analysis
- When charitable donations cost more than they give
- Creating a sector-wide research agenda: Industrial Farm Animal Production
- What is evidence-based giving and why does it matter?
- Avoiding waste in medical research
- What would have happened otherwise?
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This article first published in the Financial Times. Support homelessness charities and send your money to where it’s really needed It is the classic Venn diagram: not everybody who is homeless is a beggar, and not everybody who is a … Continue reading
This article first published in the Financial Times. The news that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla are putting $3bn towards “ending all disease” has renewed the spotlight on the giving of Silicon Valley’s wealthiest. They are not alone in … Continue reading
UK non-profits delivering mental health services are not great at producing or using scientific evidence. This is the main finding of a new study by Giving Evidence. We interviewed 12 such organisations to understand their ‘evidence system’, i.e., how evidence is: Produced … Continue reading
All charities and charitable foundations exist to serve the public good. Most of them are subsidised by the public, through various tax breaks. Whereas any company must have a meeting at least annually at which the directors are held to account … Continue reading
This article first published in the FT. Toilet roll seems an unlikely emblem of effective philanthropy. Yet I’ve heard of a donor who specifically funds loo rolls in London museums and galleries on the simple grounds that this kind of donation … Continue reading
Like those of many social programmes, the goals of Sail Training voyages are long-term: In this case, to improve young people’s life chances, involvement in employment and training, and sound mental health. However, many organisations which provide Sail Training cannot conduct or … Continue reading
A lovely interview on US radio station The Business Of Giving with Denver Frederick. We discussed lessons for philanthropy / nonprofits from Galileo, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; how nonprofits sometimes harm, how we don’t yet have good frameworks for … Continue reading
We were busy this year! Pushing forwards substantially on improving the quality and use of evidence in our three areas of interest: assessing interventions, assessing charities, and assessing ways of giving. Read our 2015 Year In Brief.
Proof is a big concept, and in social science – which is what impact research is – it almost never happens Suppose you hear of a new intervention that’s never been tried or tested before. What are the chances of it … Continue reading