We are excited to announce our Research Training Program. This online program is designed to equip participants with the tools and skills needed to identify, compare, and recommend the most effective charities and interventions. It is a full-time, fully cost-covered program that will run online for 11 weeks.
Many individuals are eager to enter research careers, level up their current knowledge and skills from junior to senior, or simply make their existing skills more applicable to work within EA framework/organizations. At the same time, research organizations have trouble filling a senior-level researcher talent gap. There is a scarcity of specific training opportunities for the niche skills required, such as intervention prioritization and cost-effectiveness analyses, which are hard to learn through traditional avenues.
A lack of capacity for exhaustive investigation means there is a multitude of potentially impactful intervention ideas that remain unexplored. There may be great ideas being missed, as with limited time we will only get to the most obvious solutions that other people are likely to have thought of as well.
Unlike the for-profit sector, the nonprofit sector lacks clear metrics for assessing an organization's actual impact. External evaluations can help nonprofits evaluate and reorganize their own effectiveness, and also allow funders to choose the highest impact opportunities available to them - potentially unlocking more funding (sometimes limited by lack of public external evaluation). There are some great organizations that carry out evaluations (e.g., GiveWell), but they are constrained by capacity and have limited scope; this results in several potentially worthwhile organizations remaining unassessed.
CE’s new Research Training Program addresses these challenges head-on. Over the course of 11 weeks, you will participate in a fully cost-covered online program that provides you with the knowledge, practices, and tools necessary to rapidly and confidently produce high-quality, decision-relevant research. Your research outputs will drive better utilization of resources, funds, and talent, while building your own career capital and producing a portfolio of impactful research reports.
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KEY PROGRAM FEATURES
Learn the fundamentals of research. We will cover skills like creating Theory of Changes, Cost-Effectiveness Analyses, literature reviews, weighted-factor models, and more.
Learn the principles of making good research decisions; comparing and weighting different types of evidence, designing decision-making frameworks, and producing research that will be decision-relevant.
Assistance with editing and publishing your research reports on the EA forum, and dissemination among relevant organizations.
Produce a portfolio of peer-relevant outputs.
Receive expert feedback and practical experience through real research projects.
Connect with established researchers and explore potential job opportunities.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS
We aim to explore under-investigated and promising interventions, producing quality reports that reveal blind spots and low-hanging fruit to influence funding allocations and charities' strategic decisions.
Through this program, we enable excellent individuals to test their fit for this high-impact career path.
By skilling up a new cohort of highly employable and valuable researchers, we intend to supply effectiveness-minded organizations with the talent they need to scale better and faster.
WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR
Motivated researchers who want to produce trusted research outputs to improve the prioritization and allocation decisions of effectiveness-minded organizations
Early career individuals who are seeking to build their research toolkits and gain practical experience through real projects
Existing researchers in the broader Global Health and Well-being (global health, animal advocacy, mental health, heath/bio security, etc.) communities who are interested in approaching research from an effectiveness-minded perspective
WHAT DOES BEING A FELLOW INVOLVE
Similar to our Charity Incubation Program, the program focuses on learning generalizable and specific research skills. It involves watching training videos, reading materials, and practicing by applying those skills to concrete mini-research projects. Participants learn by doing while we provide guidance and lots of feedback.
You will also focus on applying skills, working on different stages of the research process, and producing final research reports that could be used to guide real decision-making.
Frequent feedback on your projects from experts researchers
Regular check-in calls with a mentor for troubleshooting, guidance on research, and your career
Writing a report on a selected topic
Opportunity to connect with established researchers and explore potential job opportunities
Assistance with editing your cause area report for publication and dissemination
WHAT ARE WE OFFERING
11 weeks of online, full-time training with practical research assignments, expert mentoring, feedback, and published output
"Shovel ready" research topics that are highly promising, yet neglected
Stipends to cover your living costs during, and potentially after, the program (Please reach out if you have dependents or childcare costs, to ensure financial constraints don't hinder your participation)
Our complete researcher's toolkit, including templates, methodologies, and resource access
Connections with established researchers
YOU WILL LEAVE WITH
An understanding of generalizable research methodologies, and experience applying them.
A portfolio of published intervention reports.
A portfolio of charity evaluations shared with CE charities and other aligned organizations, making them decision-relevant.
Opportunity to directly use your research to affect decisions of CE charities, foundations and other organizations.
Certification in Intervention Comparison and Charity Impact Evaluation.
A handbook on "How to do research for change"
AND WE PROVIDE ONGOING SUPPORT
Job search and application assistance to help you land a role in an impact-focused organization or research field.
Access to concrete opportunities within the EA ecosystem and the wider research community.
Membership in the CE community and access to our extensive network.
1. WRITTEN APPLICATION
Share your CV, answer a series of short multiple-choice questions and open questions.
2. TEST TASK 1
4. TEST TASK 2
TEAM BEHIND THIS PROGRAM
Erik was previously a Research Manager with J-PAL and with Michael Kremer’s (Nobel Prize winner in economics) research team. Additionally, he has been a Senior Research Advisor for Charity Entrepreneurship and co-lead the GiveWell incubated organization, Charity Science Health (which later merged with Suvita).
Karolina is Co-founder and Co-Executive Director of Charity Entrepreneurship (CE). For a long time, she also was the Director of Research at CE. Karolina also serves as a Fund Manager at Effective Altruism Animal Welfare Fund, and is a board member and advisor for various EA nonprofits and think tanks.
Before CE, she co-founded an organization to improve the impact of nonprofits and social enterprises; worked on measurement and evaluation; and was a researcher in for-profit companies and in academia. At the age of 22, she became a university teaching fellow.
Leonie is the Lead Research Analyst for Global Health, Development and Well-being at Woodleigh Impact, a charitable foundation committed to funding the most impactful organizations. She also previously co-run EA Cause Innovation Bootcamp.
She is a graduate of Charity Entrepreneurship's Incubation Program and has previously worked with non-governmental organizations in India and Kenya.