Why Groups Should Consider Direct Work

  It has been argued that it is strategically optimal for EA groups to focus on community building rather than direct work [1] . The rationale behind this approach is very sensible, drawing attention to the comparative advantage that groups (university groups especially) ostensibly have to specialise in community building.... Read More

The counterfactual impact of agents acting in concert

Summary : Consider some project worked on by multiple organisations A, B, C and D. The benefit of the project is x . Each of the organisations is a necessary condition of the benefit x. The counterfactual impact of A is x ; the counterfactual impact of B is x... Read More

Triple counting impact in EA

The problem In the 1990s, the World Health Organization (WHO) had an important function. They had to calculate, estimate, and publish the number of deaths caused by different diseases. These numbers influenced several things, from government spending on treatment programs, to the public perception of progress being made on different... Read More

Expected cost per life saved of the TAME trial

Edit:  Upon suggestion (see comments) I set up a Guesstimate model . There, you can find wider confidence intervals and probability distributions for my final estimates. You may want to combine my estimates with your own priors on general intervention's effectiveness and thereby potentially correct for the high levels of uncertainty in my model.... Read More

Ineffective entrepreneurship: post-mortem of Hippo, the happiness app that never quite was

  60 word summary: I spent two and half years trying to start a startup I thought might do lots of good. It failed. I explain what happened, how it went wrong and try to set out some relevant lessons for others. Main lesson: be prepared for the fact you... Read More

1. What Is Moral Realism?

This is post one of a sequence of posts I am writing on moral anti-realism and moral reasoning.  Introduction To start off this sequence, I want to give a short description of moral realism; I’ll be arguing against moral realism in later posts, and I want to clearly explain what it is... Read More

Do Prof Eva Vivalt's results show 'evidence-based' development isn't all it's cut out to be?

I recently interviewed a member of the EA community - Prof Eva Vivalt - at length about her research into the value of using trials in medical and social science to inform development work. The benefits of 'evidence-based giving' has been a core message of both GiveWell and Giving What We Can since they... Read More

“EA” doesn’t have a talent gap. Different causes have different gaps.

There’s been a lot of discussion and disagreement over whether EA has a talent or a money gap. Some people have been saying there’s not that large of a funding gap anymore and that people should be using their talent directly instead. On the other hand, others have been saying... Read More

Employee Giving incentives: A shared database... relevant for EA job-seekers and activists

At innovationsinfundraising.org we've put together a database  of information on what each of the firms in the FTSE100 do to encourage and support employee charitable giving.   Do they 'match'  employee donations,  and if so what are the rules for this (caps, maximums, restrictions)? Do they have a ' Payroll Giving ' ... Read More

Worldview uncertainty

In this post, I will apply two methods used in dealing with moral uncertainty to a different problem, which is the one of choosing between radically divergent worldviews . Imagine a young and altruistically motivated graduate. As she learns more, her circle of moral concern expands from people near her... Read More

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