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.


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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Are Giving Games a Better Way to Teach Philanthropy?
‘Experiential philanthropy’ – in which students are given real money to donate to charities – is the standard approach to teaching philanthropy to undergraduates. Millions of dollars yearly are spent on this model, but it hasn’t grown in nearly a decade and has yet to extend beyond North America. Is it time to re-think student philanthropy programmes? Less intensive and expensive formats like ‘Giving Games’ – low cost simulations of real giving choices – have greater potential for scale, and use scarce resources in a more efficient manner.
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A Shift in Priorities at the Giving Game Project
The Giving Game Project has updated priorities, placing less emphasis on growth and more on finding sustainable funding for the next stage of our development, improving the way we followup with participants after a GG, and providing measurable results of the project’s efficacy.

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What Does Gender Equality Have to Do with Global Poverty?
In the struggle against global poverty, is gender equality an impactful goal we should focus on and strive towards?
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This New Tool is Designed to Help You Make the Biggest Difference Possible
Clearerthinking.org's Leaving Your Mark on the World: The Essential Starter's Guide is a brand-new way for you to learn more about making sure your efforts really help the world's needy.
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Free Money Is The Future: Confessions of a (Former) Skeptic of Basic Income
Initially skeptical of basic income, I describe in this article how the growing evidence showed me the error of my early perspective and convinced me to update my beliefs toward supporting basic income. GiveDirectly is an excellent charity experimenting with basic income. Sure, there are plenty of unresolved questions about basic income, such as how to fund a transition to it and away from using a massive system of inefficient programs. Yet that is a question of “how,” not “if.” I hope that sharing my story as a former skeptic of basic income will encourage a conversation about the next steps on this question of “how.”
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