Effective giving demands prioritisation. To do this, we need to use relevant, rigorous knowledge about social problems and the expected effectiveness of various approaches and organisations to tackle them. Because we often do not have this knowledge at hand, we can choose to invest in this knowledge from experienced researchers.
The research questions we can ask can be different, depending on the stage of our effective giving strategy process:
1 Cause Area (massive gain in expected impact) – information with which we can improve our selection of cause area(s)
|Example: I(Important) N(eglected) T(ractability) analysis have resulted in the cause areas of Jazi Foundation to be (for now!) poverty and the philanthropic eco-system (‘increasing the impact of philanthropy’)|
2 Approach (medium gain in expected impact) – information with which we can improve our comparisons of the expected value between different types of approaches
Example: in the cause area philanthropic ecosystem, Jazi Foundation has asked Caroline Fiennes (Giving Evidence) to do an analysis of where its resources were most useful. As a result, the focus is on community building through Effective Giving (for now?).
3 Organisation (small gain in expected impact) – information with which we can improve our comparisons between the ability of different organisations to be most effective
|Example: Jazi Foundation has chosen to create Effectief Giving as a learning community, initially under the leadership of Robert Boogaard en Kellie Liket|