July 2012

Some History Behind Our Shifting Approach to Research

Note: Before the launch of the Open Philanthropy Project Blog, this post appeared on the GiveWell Blog. Uses of “we” and “our” in the below post may refer to the Open Philanthropy Project or to GiveWell as an organization. Additional comments may be available at the original post.

The approach that GiveWell took from 2007-2011 had two crucial qualities: