You know what sucks? When you arrive somewhere for a month-long stay and discover that your blog is blocked there.
But I’m back in New York and on unrestricted internet just in time for the holiday blogging season. (That’s a thing, right?)
It’s also the holiday charitable giving season, and before I return to your regularly scheduled atrocity humor, I’d like to put in a quick plug for a not-for-profit organization that can help you figure out how to get the most bang for your donated buck: AidGrade.
AidGrade is dedicated to identifying development projects that actually work. They do this by aggregating impact evaluations of hundreds of individual interventions, and performing rigorous statistical meta-analyses of the data. The results show where aid is effective, and where it isn’t. Neat, huh?
For the development nerds among us, AidGrade also offers the opportunity to get hands-on with the data. Using their nifty app, you can run your very own meta-analysis. Want to focus on a specific set of countries or exclude a study whose authors you hate? Soon you’ll be able to do that too. (And in the meantime, you can download all of AidGrade’s data and do whatever you want with it.)
If you’re interested in supporting AidGrade’s work, there’s an Indiegogo campaign currently running. A matching donor will match your contribution between now and December 17th. Check it out:
*Note: I am a member of AidGrade’s Board of Directors.