Hello EA Forum,

As Animal Charity Evaluators prepares for our 2023 charity evaluation cycle, we are gathering relevant research on the effectiveness of different animal advocacy interventions to update our beliefs and guide our assessments and recommendation decisions. To this end, we have compiled a list of references, including literature reviews, books, peer-reviewed articles, reports, and other non-academic content that might offer relevant insights into the outcomes of interventions. You can view the list here.

We are especially interested in research into the effectiveness of corporate litigation work, providing or influencing funding, making podcasts, offering recruitment services, and running vegan or vegetarian events. If you know of any publications on these or other relevant topics, please let us know in the comments.

Additionally, we are compiling a list of existing cost-effectiveness estimates. This includes, but is not limited to, interventions aimed at reducing farmed animal suffering, institutional and individual vegan outreach, advocating for better animal welfare policies, or supporting research into alternatives to animal products. We have started a list from a literature search and a scan of the EA Forum, which you can view in this spreadsheet. If you are aware of any additional estimates or are currently working on one, we would appreciate you letting us know. 

We will review responses every three business days until Friday, May 5, 2023. 

Thank you in advance for your help.

Best regards,

Alina Salmen


Animal Charity Evaluators

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In the US, looks like ballot measures have been effective in recent years in significantly reducing the number of animals who will be raised for slaughter. Donating to these organizations would be an effective way to help reduce suffering of animals long-term. Would be good to see organizations recommended to donors that focus on ballot measures that will reduce the number of animals who would be raised for slaughter. Ballot measures are often expensive, and so these organizations would benefit from funding to run new ballot measure campaigns.

Thank you for your comment! While there is limited hard evidence on the effectiveness of ballot measures, there have been some successful cases of them improving animal welfare standards over the last few decades in the U.S. (Schukraft, 2020). We agree that citizen initiatives such as ballot measures and other types of policy work are promising interventions, and hopefully, we will see more studies backing this up soon.

- Alina