From a starting point of 188 ideas, we selected the top 24 for further research through an idea sort. This Idea Prioritization Report is the second stage of our research process, and ranks the 24 ideas from most to least promising. Now the top 7 ideas will move to the next stage: 80-hour reports, which we will release in the coming weeks.
To rank the 24 ideas, we spent two hours evaluating each idea using expert interviews. This methodology was selected for this cause area because experts in this field seem to have more cross-agreements, making their judgment more reliable when drawing conclusions.
The table below ranks each idea from most to least promising. The final score for each idea takes into account the previous stage of research as well as the linked expert interview. This means that interviewing experts helps us update our views without being the only method we rely on at this stage. Ideas in bold (green background in the table) are our top priorities for research and will be assessed in more depth this year. Below the table, we describe each idea and summarize the main factors that contributed to its place in the ranking.
An asterisk (*) denotes that the expert did not want conversation notes to be published. Two asterisks (**) denote that the interview could not be conducted. In this case, the assessment was based on email responses from experts and opinion pieces read on the topic.