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Enabling giving to be based on sound evidence

Brilliant” – The Economist on Caroline Fiennes’ book It Ain’t What You Give.
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How can you tell if a charity is any good?

After the collapse of KidsCompany, Giving Evidence's Director Caroline Fiennes was invited on BBC TV to explain:
Finding out what works

Nonprofits and programmes vary wildly in how good they are. So it’s important that donors can find the good ones. Our projects on this include helping donors see how / whether the existing research in their areas can guide them: what it covers, what it omits, whether it’s any good, whether it’s clear, what it says. 
 Outdoor learning
The Blagrave Trust funds outdoor learning activity. It asked Giving Evidence and UCL Institute of Education to look at the literature on outdoor learning: We looked systematically at what it covers, its quality, and what it suggests in terms of programmes to run and programmes to avoid. More here.
Improving outcomes for young people
Sail Training gives young people have an intensive on-board experience for a few weeks, aiming for a long-term effect on their employability, health, mental health etc. But most practitioners can’t measure outcomes over a long enough period. So the Association of Sail Training Organisations and Sail Training International asked Giving Evidence and UCL Institute of Education to see whether existing research suggests any short-term outcomes which are reliable predictors of long-term outcomes: since Sail Training providers could then establish whether / when / how they can produce those short-term interim outcomes. More here.
Making charities' research clearer  

Most charities serve a need bigger than they themselves can meet, so it’s important that others can replicate their work – if it works. But when Giving Evidence looked at impact research published by UK charities in criminal justice, we found that much of it is too unclear. So we created two checklists for charities in any sector – one to describe their work, and one to describe their research. Both draw on checklists used in medicine, and are described here.
If you are interested in piloting/using these checklists in your sector, contact us
Articles ...

Using evidence improves outcomes! Evidence from a natural experiment in hospitals. Here.

Funders should make some grants at random. Yes really. Here.

Non-profits should get good at using research, not producing it.

How to do a randomised controlled trial for free. And fast.

A welcome row about donor effectiveness,

How research about research can save the world!

If you are interested in seeing how existing research can inform your own giving, contact us.

Great things to do

Support out work, since there is tons of work to be done to improve charities' performance.

Book Caroline to speak at an event
Contact Jo.

Improve your decisions by leveraging the research that already exists. Read this and this, and contact us.

Join us: we always need smart people, who can do analysis, write well, and respect deadlines.

RTFM: Read the manual, about effective giving, which Caroline wrote:

Enabling the public to find good charities to support
It’s currently hard / impossible to find good non-profits without doing a ton of work. Sensible grant-funders have done that ton of work, so Giving Evidence is exploring compiling the set of non-profits they ‘recommend’ (i.e., have funded) in a searchable format such that the public can support them. If you’re a foundation and are interested in letting the public ‘copy your homework’ in this way, please get in touch.
Are there too many charities?

This question also arose when KidsCompany collapsed, and Caroline went back on BBC TV to answer it:
Give us your feedback! 

We always welcome that. On this newsletter, our writings, our ideas here.
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