How to Conduct Studies That Will Encourage More Effective Altruists to Care about Animals
"Over the next 3 years, $1 million dollars will be committed to empirical studies within animal advocacy. This, combined with the Open Philanthropy Project?s announcement that they?ve hired a Factory Farming Program Officer who may also be interested in funding studies, means that empirical studies relating to animal advocacy are going to receive more money than ever before. These studies could fill clear gaps in animal advocacy by providing rigorous evaluation of the effects caused by different interventions. However, before we become too optimistic about how advocacy may be improved in light of these studies, it?s worth acknowledging that some past research relating to animal advocacy has been far from perfect. To help future studies avoid the same mistakes, this post outlines possible ways to increase the likelihood of acquiring useful results when conducting an empirical study in animal advocacy."
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