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Director, Giving Evidence: enabling charitable giving based on sound evidence. Cambridge Visiting Fellow. "Charmingly disruptive": Nobel laureate Richard Thaler
Oct 29, 2021 12 tweets 6 min read
Anti-malaria bednets are cheap & effective at preventing a common & fatal disease. It is not OK to write in int'l newspapers claiming they fail. So Prof Paul Garner of the Liverpool School of - !! - Tropical Medicine & I wrote in The Economist in response to the recent letter:🧵 Image 2/ Here are the citations: 
Study of use:….
Study of effects (there as zillions of these): 
- Cochrane study:…
- 'Oxford' study of large-scale effects:…
Jul 16, 2020 22 tweets 12 min read
Giving Evidence today publishes #research about Royal patronages of charities: what are they, which charities have them, and whether they help.
It's in today's @TheTimes (£).
Our findings include these (thread):…
#charity #Royal #royalfamily 2/ UK charities should not seek or retain #Royal patrons expecting either many public events with them, nor an effect on revenue.

We couldn't find any effect of Royal patronages on charities’ revenues, despite multiple sophisticated statistical analyses.
#charity #fundraising
Oct 18, 2019 4 tweets 3 min read
Wow. I found a donor trying to give >£1m to delivery work in a certain sector. I also found*, and told them, that there's very little evidence about 'what works' in that sector. So they can't reliably fund delivery b/c nobody knows what to deliver. They'd better fund production… 2/ of research about what to deliver (& how). I connected them to some researchers. Now, 3 months later, they're starting a partnership to produce effective #research in that sector.

That entire intervention only took me about 2 hours. Rescued >£1m from almost certain fail.
Jul 2, 2019 21 tweets 7 min read
Alors, je vous présente… our findings about (1) what academic #research already exists about UK charities & #philanthropy and (2) the topics on which UK charities & donors say that they would like more academic #research.

#charity #impact #eval #impinv 2/ Combined, the results are a ‘gap analysis’ which can inform future research. Both studies were funded by @Charity_Futures, re its work establishing an Institute of Charity at Oxford University. But the findings can inform the agenda of any researchers in this terrain.