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Why fun writing can save lives: the case for it being high impact to make EA writing entertaining

As someone with little writing experience, and a plan to write more - I found this post motivating and useful! The  "stop trying to be serious and respectable" point hit the nail on the head for me. I don't have a strong background in writing, and when I do write something I set a high internal bar for what is "serious and useful enough".

Personally, I don't see aiming to have engaging writing as an extra hoop. I find it decreases the resistance because I feel like I can write with a more authentic & natural tone. I'm more of a speaker than I am a ... (read more)

9Lizka22dI find I really like this comment. I don't really know exactly why and don't have time to spend figuring that out, but I figured I'd put that out there. (I suppose if you're looking for encouragement to write more, there it is. ) Also, +1 to "people are more likely to act when emotionally engaged rather than merely intellectually."
Book Giveaway Impact Analysis (Doing Good Better in NZ)

That's a good suggestion, thank you. I hadn't considered that. I would feel more confident in making a suggestion to the EA infrastructure fund after we implement the improvements and do a follow up analysis. However, the EAIF wouldn't administer the books themselves - it would probably need to be done via some organization (e.g. CEA).

CEA already gives away many books through the virtual programs, so perhaps getting people onboarded onto those is a good strategy. Alternatively, groups can also apply for funding for book giveaways through CEA. 

I could ... (read more)

Book Giveaway Impact Analysis (Doing Good Better in NZ)

Thanks Peter. 

I agree about the sample bias. Which is part of the reason why I think the data from actual donations is relevant - rather than relying on respondents self-reported figures.

Implementing a presurvey is one of the top improvements to action - as I do expect that to help a lot. If you have any particular suggestions for useful pre/post measures, I'd love to hear them. 

Appendix B is contained within the Appendices (Google Doc). 

Book Giveaway Impact Analysis (Doing Good Better in NZ)

Thanks Luke! Looking forward to getting some better data after we improve the system. I think it would be a good project for GWWC to implement. Perhaps with the larger scale you might be able to automate a few things (e.g. various follow ups) and get more out of each book.

I've just followed up about the cost. Some wires must have got crossed somewhere down the line, as it seems that the cost of book + delivery is actually $20 (so that would make the book  itself ~$15). Woops. I'll update the post with this.

2lukefreeman4moThanks!