IDinsight — Endline Evaluation of New Incentives RCT

A mother receives her payment for immunizing her child. (Photo courtesy of New Incentives.)

Open Philanthropy recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant of $2,105,962 to IDinsight to conduct an endline evaluation of its randomized controlled trial (RCT) of New Incentives’ conditional cash transfer program for infant immunization in northern Nigeria. GiveWell plans to use the results of this RCT as a key input for an investigation during 2020 into whether to recommend New Incentives as a top charity.

See GiveWell’s page on this grant for more details.

The grant amount was updated in March 2021.

IDinsight — New Incentives RCT

Open Philanthropy recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant of $184,324 to IDinsight to support the randomized control trial it is conducting on New Incentives’ program of conditional cash transfers for infant immunizations in northern Nigeria. GiveWell Incubation Grants are recommended by GiveWell staff, and support the development of potential future top charities.

See GiveWell’s page on this grant for more details.

IDinsight — Beneficiary Preferences Survey

(Photo courtesy of IDinsight.)

Open Philanthropy recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant of $474,374 to IDinsight to support a study surveying how potential beneficiaries of GiveWell’s top charities value different good outcomes, such as averting a death or doubling a household’s income. This is a renewal of one project under an April 2018 grant to support the work of IDinsight’s “GiveWell embedded team.” GiveWell Incubation Grants are recommended by GiveWell staff, and support the development of potential future top charities.

See GiveWell’s page on this grant for more details.

IDinsight — Embedded GiveWell Team (2018)

IDinsight enumerators mark a structure during fieldwork in Nigeria for the New Incentives evaluation. (Photo courtesy of IDinsight)

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant of $1,196,728.99 to IDinsight to support the work of IDinsight’s GiveWell embedded team. This is a renewal of a May 2017 grant to support research that could lead to the creation of new top charities or otherwise influence GiveWell’s recommended allocations.

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IDinsight — Embedded GiveWell Team (2017)

Note: This grant was awarded while the Open Philanthropy Project was a partnership between GiveWell and Good Ventures.

Good Ventures, with input from GiveWell, awarded a GiveWell Incubation Grant of $2,321,617 to IDinsight to support and expand its GiveWell-embedded team for the next twelve months. GiveWell Incubation Grants are recommended by GiveWell staff, and support the development of potential future top charities.

IDinsight supports and conducts rigorous evaluations of development interventions, often involving randomized controlled trials, with an explicit focus on partnering with funders and policy makers to use data to inform key strategy decisions. GiveWell therefore sees working with IDinsight as a promising way of supporting the development of future GiveWell top charities.

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IDinsight — Scaling Up a High-Potential Development Intervention

Published: March 2017

Note: This grant was awarded while the Open Philanthropy Project was a partnership between GiveWell and Good Ventures.

Good Ventures awarded a grant of $34,382 to IDinsight as part of our effort to support the development of new GiveWell top charities.

GiveWell and IDinsight generated a list of several programs that have been evaluated by a single randomized controlled trial which found strong results, but where additional studies have not been undertaken to determine whether the results can be replicated, and which, as far as we know, are not currently being scaled up by an existing organization.

This grant will support the second phase of the initiative to “identify an appropriate context and partner” for scaling up — and generating further evidence regarding — one such high-potential intervention. GiveWell and IDinsight have tentatively chosen the incentives for immunization program and expect its implementation to take place in India, though both the program and location could change.

Normally IDinsight works in a demand-driven manner, in which policymakers and managers approach IDinsight to evaluate program options to guide their own decision-making. This project, which aims to identify and convince an implementing partner to implement a new program, represents a new approach for IDinsight.

See GiveWell’s writeup of this grant for more details.

IDinsight — General Support

Published: March 2017

Note: This grant was awarded while the Open Philanthropy Project was a partnership between GiveWell and Good Ventures.

Good Ventures, with input from GiveWell, awarded a grant of $1,985,000 over three years to IDinsight in June of 2016 for general operating support.

IDinsight supports and conducts rigorous evaluations of development interventions, often involving randomized controlled trials, with an explicit focus on providing useful data to inform funders and policy makers. This “decision-focused evaluation” model appears to us to be both uncommon and particularly aligned with GiveWell’s goals. We hope this grant will allow IDinsight to scale its model of supporting and evaluating development interventions, ideally (in the long term) providing GiveWell with research that it will be able to use in its work to recommend top charities. See GiveWell’s writeup of this grant for more details.

IDinsight — Embedded GiveWell Team

Published: March 2017

Note: This grant was awarded while the Open Philanthropy Project was a partnership between GiveWell and Good Ventures.

Good Ventures, with input from GiveWell, granted $314,752 to IDinsight as one of GiveWell’s Incubation Grants to support the development of potential future top charities. This grant is in addition to Good Ventures’ June 2016 grant of $1,985,000 to IDinsight for general operating support.

IDinsight supports and conducts rigorous evaluations of development interventions, often involving randomized controlled trials, with an explicit focus on providing useful data to inform funders and policy makers. This new funding is intended to support preliminary work by IDinsight to improve the monitoring of GiveWell top charities or to support the development of future top charities, and fund two full-time staff and part of the salaries of several other staff for one year. See GiveWell’s writeup of this grant for more details.