“What difference does your work make beyond what would have happened anyway?” is perhaps the single most useful question that donors or trustees can ask.
We try to communicate that there are risks involved with all of our top charity recommendations, and that none of our recommendations are a “sure thing.” Our recommendation of deworming programs (the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative and the Deworm the World … [CLICK TO READ MORE]
“you’re sending out the message that… giving well is very difficult to do, too difficult for one person or a small group to do, so what you should do, really, is check in with our friends the evaluators, who will tell you who to give your money to.
This approach that EA is taking, is centralizing power, and disempowering individuals.
That is my main gripe with EA.”
forty years of research in cognitive science has found ways in which our brains reliably misunderstand probabilities, ignore alternative theories, invent explanations for chance events, seek self-serving explanations, inconsistently over-weight short term rewards, and much more. What can we do?
…there is a complete lack of experimental and observational studies on the effectiveness of PFA in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Currently it is impossible to make evidence-based guidelines about which practices in psychosocial support are most effective to help disaster and trauma victims…
Source: A Systematic Literature Search on Psychological First Aid: Lack of Evidence to Develop Guidelines | Evidence Aid | Inspiring and enabling those guiding the humanitarian sector to apply an evidence-based approach.
The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act is a significant step forward.
Raj Shah, the former USAID administrator whose emphasis on evaluation is reflected in the bill.
Source: Do One Thing