Research and Evidence

The Life You Can Save puts great value on proven interventions for addressing extreme poverty, with emphasis on “proven.” We believe the most effective approaches are identified by rigorous testing and evaluation, resulting in evidence-based approaches with clear, measurable impact that can be scaled to cost-effectively help thousands and often millions of people. Read about organizations whose research drives effective poverty work; how to identify proven charities; and read TLYCS’s reports sharing evidence of our own work and impact.


Standardizing Giving Research with The Giving Game
This is the fourth (and most technical) of a 5-part blog series by TLYCS's COO Jon Behar laying out a research framework aimed at answering the question, "What’s the best way to “sell” the idea of good giving?" This installment explores the benefits of studying giving preferences using a standard approach, and a specific approach with particularly promising attributes.
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Estimating the Unknowable: An interview with GiveWell's James Snowden
Finding the best charity requires estimating the unknowable. Here’s how GiveWell tries to do that, according to researcher James Snowden.
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High-Leverage Research Questions
This is the third in a 5-part blog series by TLYCS's COO Jon Behar laying out a framework aimed at answering the question, "What’s the best way to “sell” the idea of good giving?" This installment explores three specific research questions that are particularly relevant to improving real world giving decisions.
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General Principles for Applied Giving Research
This is the second in a 5-part blog series by TLYCS's COO Jon Behar laying out a framework aimed at answering the question, "What’s the best way to “sell” the idea of good giving?" This installment presents the framework's three guiding principles.
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A Research Framework to Improve Real-World Giving Behavior
This is the first in a 5-part blog series by TLYCS's COO Jon Behar in which he presents a research framework aimed at answering the question, "What’s the best way to 'sell' the idea of good giving?"
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Is it time to end the population taboo?
The issue of rapid population increase has not gone away, yet it remains an unmentionable topic in international policy circles. This must change.
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To grow a healthy movement, Go For low-hanging fruit
Much of the debate about how to build the EA movement is focused on how to frame issues to convince people. Yet many potentially highly-engaged effective altruists (EAs) haven’t even heard of EA yet: if we knew who they were, we could grow the movement far more quickly and sustainably.
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Some of the Cool features on our recommended charities' websites
Not only do the nonprofits on our “recommended” list deliver effective, impactful poverty interventions but many have features on their websites that let you get a deeper, "hands-on" feel for whom your donation is helping, and how.
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Listen to the Radio: How DMI Saves Lives with Media Campaigns
Development Media International uses mass media campaigns to raise awareness of public health risks and change behaviors in developing countries, using rigorous analyses to test the campaigns' effectiveness and estimate how many lives they save.
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Climbing Toward Hope: How Graduation Programs Help People Rise from Extreme Poverty
Graduation programs such as those run by Village Enterprise help people lift themselves out of extreme poverty by providing a small up-front infusion of cash to address immediate needs followed by training to build long-term skills and business capabilities. The evidence of their effectiveness is strong.
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