We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Aryenish Birdie, founder and executive director of Encompass. Prior to Encompass, Birdie was a federal lobbyist at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She was part of a four-woman team instrumental in reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act to ensure that animal protection language was integrated into the law. … Read more
Animal charities employ a wide range of interventions in order to help animals. Despite the many unknowns and the comparative lack of research in this emerging field, ACE seeks to make informed judgments about the effectiveness of these interventions to the best of our ability. … Read more
Last month ACE hosted the 2017 Research Workshop on Effective Animal Advocacy at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) in California. The event was intended to complement our 2016 Symposium on Multidisciplinary Research in Effective Animal Advocacy, held at Princeton University last fall. … Read more
Effective animal advocates (EAAs) are members of the effective altruism movement. They use reason and evidence to identify the most effective ways to help animals, and they act on that evidence.
A central component of EAA is the willingness to revise one’s views in light of new evidence. … Read more
In addition to our charity evaluations, Animal Charity Evaluators provides resources and advice for advocates looking to improve their advocacy; for example, we recommend that charities take steps to evaluate their own programs, and we provide some tools on our site to assist with that endeavor. … Read more
In this blog post we respond to a persistent critic of ACE’s work. Mr. Harrison Nathan has repeatedly expressed concerns about our research and communications—in a recent online post he criticized our focus on effectiveness, our intervention evaluations, and our analysis of corporate outreach. We’ll focus on those three topics here.