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Important EA-related questions EA would like to know from general public

Hi David. Thanks for the observation and a gotcha. I will pass this information over (and also note it down for myself, it's interesting :-) ). But I am skeptical in how much I have an influence around this. Nevertheless, I believe that the researches behind this survey will be interested as I mentioned in the post, there should be another window of possibility later on (as the study should be done periodically).

Important EA-related questions EA would like to know from general public

Post updated, see UPDATE2

Some of the proposals have been accepted, more about the response here.

Important EA-related questions EA would like to know from general public

Hi! Not too late! Thanks for ideas. The worry I have is about what @David_Moss mentioned above, e.g. people think that they _do_ donate to effective charities already (or that they do not donate to ineffective ones)... Do you have an idea about how to fight that?

Anyway, I am going to put these down into suggestions/considerations, it's good for inspiration at least.

Important EA-related questions EA would like to know from general public

Yeah, these are my biggest concerns too, that's why I think it can't be done in that "straightforward" way...

That said, I'd be interested if you would ask people whether they agree or disagree with some statements along the lines of: "Some charitable causes are objectively better than others." "You can't compare whether different charitable causes are better or worse than each other."

This seems like a promising direction. I created a document where I am gonna try to somehow summarize these and turn into questions. Feel free to contribute directly. I would be super grateful.

Important EA-related questions EA would like to know from general public

Hi! Thanks a lot, these are all great!

For the donor population, I'd like to understand the split between what we at SoGive call Organisation-loyal, Cause-specific, and Open-minded donors (hopefully the labels are self-explanatory but if not please ask)

I believe so, but let me try.

  • Org-loyal: always give to a specific organization whatever it does
  • Cause-specific: throw money at a specific cause, e.g. global warming, doesn't necessarily care about the receiving org that much
  • Open-minded: happy to change their mind about both of the above

I am not confident I would be able to create high-quality survey questions though. Especially to distinguish between strong and moderate preferences. I have similar problems with the next bullet points. Maybe I am overthinking this though.

But you may well be too time-constrained to wade through all their work

Yeah, I have about a week to do send some suggestions as the study should be launched by Jan 2. Nevertheless, I believe that even if I managed to establish only a handful of high-quality questions, it would be good groundwork for future additions.

More generally, very happy to discuss further. If you are willing to have a chat, let me know: sanjay [at] sogive.org

Awesome, I would be really grateful for more help. Basically, they told me that if I put together some battery of questions in a doc, then they would incorporate it into the survey. My estimate is that they would put in at least 3 questions with 60% of probability, but I am having a really hard time to estimate this as there are a lot of factors in. But it seems to me that it's still worth to invest a few hours into this.

I created a document where I want to start summarizing this. Feel free to contribute directly.