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Learning from medicine about evidence 
Effective giving is based on sound evidence
What can we learn from medicine about using evidence?
A major new study by Giving Evidence looks at improving education in less developed countries by improving how evidence is produced, shared and used. We learn from the ‘evidence system’ in medicine: the lessons apply to many areas in which philanthropic donors operate.

This matters because, despite rising spending, education attainment is not improving: about half of Africa's children miss out on school and basic skills; learning levels are flat in many countries, and worsening in many including India.
Our full report and summary are here. There will be a further paper in a few months with more insights from the evidence system in global public health, and the historical development of evidence in medicine.

Giving Evidence is starting work on some of the recommendations: get in touch if you’d like to be involved. We're particularly interested that much education research (especially by charities and non-academics) is hard to find, unclear and of variable quality ... see below.
Making NGOs' research more findable and useful: criminal justice

Quite possibly, some NGO has discovered a great way to, say, prevent re-offending or improve literacy, but nobody else knows about it so their genius innovation doesn't spread.

So it'd be a good idea if NGOs published all their research (including monitoring and evaluation) in a way that's findable, and with enough detail to show what the intervention is and whether it was effective.

Giving Evidence is starting to explore making that a reality. We're investigating what structures, protocols, incentives/enforcement are necessary, what would the costs be, who's best-placed to run such a system, what already exists which can be used, etc. We're focusing on UK criminal justice, though the learnings will be relevant to many sectors. More detail is here.

If you know people or organisations or things which are relevant, please get in touch.
How Giving Evidence can help you with your giving, explained in under two minutes! 
Other news from the world of evidence-based giving:

Sound evidence makes serious donors (>$100) give more: research by Yale professor Dean Karlan, here.

How to keep your brain focused on evidence: a paper on how Daniel Kahneman’s psychological insights apply to giving, by the Center for Evaluation Innovation.

FB Heron Foundation moves to get no reports from investees at all, instead asking for data to go into a public data warehouse, outlined here. ‘No data within our building’ says CEO Clara Miller.

Who gives? ‘A comprehensive review of the multidisciplinary academic literature on of predictors of charitable giving’, here.
Come hear us!

American Humanist Association inaugural conference (keynote), Chicago, July 18-19th

Read us!

Making philanthropy more effective, The Guardian, 22 May, 2014

Interview with Secular Woman, 20 May, 2014

Look out for Caroline's new column in Third Sector magazine.
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