Unlike in previous years, we decided in 2020 to consider multiple different cause areas, which leaves more room for cause comparison. We think that generally, both entrepreneurs and donors have specific cause areas in mind when they attend or support our program. However, some have asked us for a sense of how the different cause areas, and more importantly, charities within them, compare.
We think each area has its strengths and weaknesses and at this level, it's hard to reliably compare because many assumptions (both ethical and epistemic) need to be made. This article offers a starting point for such comparisons. First we show roughly how our 2020 cause areas compare, and then we look back at and compare our recommended interventions from research done in 2019.
In 2019, our research focused on interventions for animals and within global health. As of 2020, we are considering the following four cause areas:
2020 research: comparing cause areas
The table below shows our weighted factor model framing for our 2020 cause areas. Each area is color-coded from strongest to weakest.
* If the limiting factor cell is red, this means that the limiting factor will be met very quickly. Green means that the factor will be hard to meet.
** If the non-captured externality cell is green, this means that the externalities are large and positive. If the cell is red, this means that externality is small.
Another way to frame this is in terms of more specific key strengths and weaknesses.
2019 research: comparing interventions