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We are excited to announce the third round of the AIM Research 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 12 weeks.

You can now use this AIM joint application form to also

apply for our Incubation Program (the same deadline applies).

Research 
Program

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JOIN OUR

Applications now open!
Apply by April 14, 2024.

Program dates: September 23 - December 13, 2024

THE PROBLEM

PEOPLE

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.

IDEAS

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.

EVALUATION

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.

THE SOLUTION

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AIM new Research Program addresses these challenges head-on. Over the course of 12 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.

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.

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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

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  • 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

12 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

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  • 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.

A TYPICAL DAY ON THE PROGRAM

Depending on your timezone, you could start your day with office hours, where you and your fellow researchers could discuss some challenges you have encountered or some of the new concepts. This is also a great time to ask your advisor questions.

After office hours, you could join a Pomodoro session with other participants to work on the today’s project.

After a lunch break, you could continue working on your project and maybe end your day with a social check-in with another participant.

Every week, there are also all-hands-on-deck meetings and optional social events that you can attend. Most of the program is facilitated in the social platform Gather, which allows us to create more of a community feeling, with this being a remote program.

APPLICATION PROCESS

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1. WRITTEN APPLICATION 

(~30 minutes)

Share your CV, answer a series of short multiple-choice questions and open questions.

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3. INTERVIEW
(~1 hour)

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2. TEST TASK 1

(~3 hours)

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4. TEST TASK 2

(~3-5 hours)

Applications now open! Apply by April 14, 2024.

TESTIMONIALS

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Zuzana Sperlova

The Research Training Program has been a great experience. My skills in prioritization research and evaluation improved in just 2.5 months. Thanks to the new skills and also the confidence boost from the program, I got a job as a researcher at an animal advocacy organization. Doing the program helped me find an impactful career, and I made some great connections and friends.

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Moritz Stumpe

The RTP allowed me to practice my research skills on various highly relevant and interesting topics, enabling a lot of direct learning by doing. We also had enough time to reflect on areas where we want to develop further, our career paths, and related topics. I am happy that I could be part of such a great cohort of people, and hope to stay in touch with as many of them as possible.

Helene Kortschak

CE’s Research Training Program was invaluable for equipping me with the skills to conduct impactful research as well as for connecting me to and learning from a community of smart, like-minded people dedicated to improving the world through research.

TEAM BEHIND THIS PROGRAM

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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).

ERIK HAUSEN

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.

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KAROLINA SAREK​

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LEONIE FALK

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.

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