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Effective charities for improving institutional decision making and improving global coordination

by nlacombe1 min read6th Dec 202023 comments

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are there any effective charities or organization accepting donations that work on improving institutional decision making and improving global coordination?
or any charities at all working on this?
 

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This is far from a comprehensive or fully vetted list, but here are some ideas off the top of my head on the improving institutional decision-making front:

  • The Alliance for Useful Evidence
  • The UK What Works Centres/Evidence Quarter, particularly the What Works Centre for Wellbeing
  • Society for Judgment and Decision-Making
  • Society of Decision Professionals
  • Behavioural Insights Team and ideas42 (mentioned below by Mati)
  • Campbell Collaboration (research syntheses of social science literature)
  • Cochrane (research syntheses of medical literature)
  • CEDIL (Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning)
  • Project Evident
  • Hubbard Decision Research
  • Strategic Decisions Group

Of these, most operate on a fee-for-service model and wouldn't necessarily be able to make good use of individual donations in the, say, $5k-and-under range. However, I believe that Alliance for Useful Evidence and Campbell Collaboration specifically operate on shoestring budgets and are mostly funded by contributed income, so I'd check into those first if you're considering a donation.

FYI, the improving institutional decision-making (IIDM) coordinating group within EA is working on a resource directory that will eventually be able to answer questions like these in greater detail. We'll be posting more about that on the EA Forum later this month.

FYI, the improving institutional decision-making (IIDM) coordinating group within EA is working on a resource directory that will eventually be able to answer questions like these in greater detail.

@nlacombe, sounds like it might be a good idea to donate later instead of now then:) (or just donate to your own Donor-Advised Fund for now).

Disclaimer: I am a co-founder.

The Simon Institute for Longterm Governance. We help international civil servants understand individual and group decision-making processes to foster the metacognition and tool-use required for tackling wicked problems like global catastrophic risks and the representation of future generations.

We have a well-researched approach and direct access to senior levels in most international organizations. Given that we just launched, we have no sense of our effectiveness yet but hope to provide a guesstimate by 2023

You can donate to us here.

Institutional decision making

Updated: 2020-12-08

Note: I document this here: https://causeprioritization.org/Mechanism_and_institution_design (I might not keep this answer up-to-date, so check out the link)

Note: I don't have the impression The Good Judgement Project has room for more funding. I like what the people behind QURI have been doing (I've been following their work). Disclaimer: I was contracted by both groups, and could be again.

Also, documented here: https://causeprioritization.org/Forecasting :

Note: I don't know if any of those organizations have room for more funding.

where/how can you donate for Quantified Uncertainty Research Institute?

1Mati_Roy10moI don't know. You can contact them: https://quantifieduncertainty.org/contact/ [https://quantifieduncertainty.org/contact/] And if they don't want donations (yet), Ozzie might be able to recommend another organization has ze has a great understanding of the landscape of prediction platforms.

In 80,000 Hours' post on Improving institutional decision-making, they also mention:

1nlacombe10moI don't see where I could donate to any of those organizations do they have a page where I can use a form to donate money?
1Mati_Roy10moI don't know. I don't know these 3 organizations, I just saw them in the post.

I work for the APPG for Future Generations (https://www.appgfuturegenerations.com) in this space. Or impact report is here: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/AWKk9zjA3BXGmFdQG/appg-on-future-generations-impact-report-raising-the-profile-1 If you wish to donate please get in touch.

The APPG is affiliated with the Center for the Study of Existential Risk (https://www.cser.ac.uk/) which I behind is the best research organisation with content related to longtermism and improving institutional decision making.

More generally I think Transparency Intentional (https://www.transparency.org/en/) and Global Witness (https://www.globalwitness.org/en/) are the dominant charities in the space of reducing government corruption, a key feature of improving institutional decision making. I have not seen any evaluations of them but I'd reject they'd do well.

See also some of the institutions listed in this article (https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/94QtuT4ss3RzrfH8A/improving-institutional-decision-making-a-new-working-group) under the section on "IIDM within and outside of EA"

someone I know posted the following names on my facebook post for this ea forum post:

  • nested minds network
  • Verses
  • Aeos (soon)

 

but I am unsure which organization they are reffering to (could not quickly find websites for some of those)
and I could not find an obvious donation form for those 

Global coordination

Note: I document this here: https://causeprioritization.org/Global_coordination (I might not keep this answer up-to-date, so check out the link)

Note: Inclusion in the list doesn't mean endorsement. I love GCF, but I don't have the impression they need more funding. I feel good about the Good Country. I don't know the other 2 well.

I could only find a donation link on The Stimson Center's website
would it be possible for me to donate to any of the other organizations?

1Mati_Roy10moI don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised if the first 2 didn't have room for more funding
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I have not seen anything remotely convincing that the EA community has any insight into how to improve human decision making in group settings, which I believe is how "improving institutional decision making" should be phrased. Institutions do not make decisions. Phrasing this wrong is part of the problem, in my opinion.  The assumption, correct me if I am wrong, being made is that making better decisions is a matter of having better information.  This assumption, ironically,  appears to lack any information about how humans make decisions in groups. For example, people tend very strongly to make decisions that align with their existing beliefs and group commitments. Humans also have the evolved skill of self-deception, which allows us to not know information that conflicts with our beliefs.  Further, there is a thing called "office politics" where the source of an idea greatly or entirely determines whether it is accepted or rejected. 

As for improving global coordination...to achieve what, exactly? If we want to improve global coordination, I believe, we need to suggest plans that benefit all the stakeholders and power holders, as well as achieve whatever benefit we hope to achieve.  I do not believe anyone in EA has an interest in developing such ideas, correct me if I am wrong.  I tried a few years ago to share such ideas, and the reaction was pretty hostile. 

What does "effective charity" mean in this context?

good question, I didn't realized until now that there might not be many measurable interventions that have been carried out for this cause

for now I'd say answer the question as if it meant: charities whose operations and interventions are reviewed and scrutinized by independent entities

Hummm, seems to me like it would be better to ask a question for institutional decision making and another question for global coordination, no? if you agree, you can edit it and post another:)

my experience from EAGxBoston is that most people don't know about global coordination and only know about improving institutional decision making also I feel like they are related and I feel like there is not many organizations on both size do you disagree? if you agree, would you still split?

my experience from EAGxBoston is that most people don't know about global coordination and only know about improving institutional decision making also I feel like they are related and I feel like there is not many organizations on both size do you disagree?

I don't know. Depends where you draw the boundaries.

if you agree, would you still split?

yes

I've answered for now, but let me know if you create another question so that I move my answer