The GiveWell Blog

Finding giving opportunities in malaria control/elimination

[Added August 27, 2014: GiveWell Labs is now known as the Open Philanthropy Project.] As part of our work on GiveWell Labs, we retained Dr. Steven Phillips as a consultant to source giving opportunities in malaria control/elimination. This post lays out: The work that Dr. Phillips did for us in order to source giving opportunities…. Read More

Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS)

Notes on this post: Stuart Buck of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, as well as Prof. Steven Goodman of METRICS, reviewed a draft of this post.  Throughout the post, “we” refers to GiveWell and Good Ventures, who work as partners on GiveWell Labs. [Added August 27, 2014: GiveWell Labs is now known as the… Read More

The first case study from our history of philanthropy project

[Added August 27, 2014: GiveWell Labs is now known as the Open Philanthropy Project.] Benjamin Soskis, who has been working for us on our history of philanthropy project, has completed a case study (.docx) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-Pew Memorial Trust Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program. We have found this case study… Read More

GiveWell Labs – progress in 2013 and plans for 2014

[Added August 27, 2014: GiveWell Labs is now known as the Open Philanthropy Project.] This is the fourth post (of six) we’re planning to make focused on our self-evaluation and future plans. Our 2013 plan did not lay out specific goals for GiveWell Labs, other than time allocated (“we expect to be able to raise… Read More

Returns to life sciences funding

[Added August 27, 2014: GiveWell Labs is now known as the Open Philanthropy Project.] As noted previously, I’ve been investigating the question: How does the “good accomplished per dollar” of life sciences funding compare to that of other giving options (such as LLIN distribution)? At this point, I believe that there is very little in… Read More

Exploring life sciences funding

[Added August 27, 2014: GiveWell Labs is now known as the Open Philanthropy Project.] As noted previously, I’ve been exploring the question, “What are the best opportunities for funders aiming to contribute to progress in life sciences (i.e., biology and medicine)?” This post lays out what we’ve done to date and how we plan to… Read More