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.


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.
Read more

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.
Read more

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.

Read more

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?
Read more

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.
Read more

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.”
Read more

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.
Read more

The Stories Behind the Data
Next time you see health or poverty statistics, or data used to evaluate the effectiveness of charities, take a moment to reflect on the hard work and dedication that must have gone into collecting the underlying data.
Read more

Should donors from developing countries give locally or internationally?
A dilemma always arises in the minds of Brazilian effective altruists: Given the difference in the exchange rates and the fact that Brazil is also a country with widespread poverty, is it still more effective to give overseas? After all we have 10 million people living below the poverty line, about 5 percent of the population. Also, whenever the dollar rises our donations seem to be worth a little less.
Read more

The Healing Arts Initiative Scandal Shows The Need For Effective Altruism
The scandal at the Healing Arts Initiative shows the need for all charities to measure themselves by their cost effectiveness rather than the emotionally engaging nature of stories they tell to donors. Recently, a social movement called effective altruism has been pushing the nonprofit sector to become more transparent and focus on measuring the cost effectiveness of their activities. By encouraging all charities to adopt the focus on cost effectiveness and transparency characteristic of this movement, we as individual donors can prevent future scandals and greatly improve the positive benefits of the nonprofit sector.
Read more

What will your impact be?

Find out using our Impact Calculator.

CALCULATE

What's the most effective way to fight extreme poverty?

Stay informed with periodic updates.