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Learning and Experimentation

While GiveWell’s top charities typically have a strong independent evidence base, there are other organizations and interventions that have very high potential cost-effectiveness but need seed-stage support to develop a track record of impact so that we (or others) can help scale them up. GiveWell’s Incubation Grants program identifies giving opportunities along these lines as well as other opportunities to improve the quality of GiveWell’s recommendations. Grants in this category include academic research to build the evidence base for a potential priority program, early-stage funding for a promising organization, or support for monitoring and evaluation of an existing organization.

Our Work

Press 2/2019
from Vox

GiveWell recently announced that it’s more than doubling the size of its research team to try to find more cost-effective programs. Its revised approach involves increased attention to something relatively new for GiveWell: policy-oriented philanthropy.

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Grant 12/2021
$1,099,808

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant to the Malaria Consortium to study effects of its campaign to distribute long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) in Anambra state, Nigeria.

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Grant 8/2021
$2,130,000

Open Philanthropy recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant to Pure Earth to work on reducing lead exposure in low- and middle-income countries.

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Grant 7/2021
$2,051,853

Open Philanthropy recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant to the Malaria Consortium to study effects of its campaign to distribute long-lasting insecticide-treated nets.

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Grant 4/2021
$27,175,074

Open Philanthropy recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant to the Malaria Consortium to support the purchase and distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets.

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Grant 1/2021
$1,008,450

Open Philanthropy recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant to the Alliance for International Medical Action to support its program providing treatment for malnutrition and pediatric emergencies.

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Grant 1/2021
$6,949,382

Open Philanthropy recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant to the Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention to support work aimed at reducing deaths from deliberate ingestion of pesticides.

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Grant 1/2021
$100,000

Open Philanthropy recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant to Vital Strategies to support its work on advocacy and technical assistance for alcohol policy in low- and middle-income countries.

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