I am proud to announce the winner of the 2007 Holden Award for Excellence in Imperfection. This award has a rich history dating back to 3 minutes ago. The rules are as follows:
The first charity to make a negative correction to its GiveWell review wins the award.
Since we’ve published our review drafts, we’ve gotten many corrections – “you’ve underestimated ___ advantage of our organization,” “you’ve left out how great it is that we ___,” etc. Most of these corrections have been correct or at least worth considering, and I’m glad we’ve gotten them. But, not until today did someone write in, “You’re overstating our lives saved per $.” For that, this charity wins the 2007 Holden Award for Excellence in Imperfection, in recognition of its honesty, humility, and recognition that getting the truth out there is more important than looking good.
The award comes with a $500 donation from Holden (not from The Clear Fund). This means a lot now that I no longer make a hedge fund salary.
Your winner: Population Services International, for sending us downward revisions of its own estimates of HIV/AIDS infections averted. Well there’s a shocker for you. The very same organization that has demonstrated the strongest commitment to monitoring and evaluating itself is also the first one to ask us to remove information that exaggerates its impact! Maybe monitoring and evaluation really do go hand in hand with humility. Would you guess that combination also goes hand in hand with effectiveness?