At ACE, we continually assess our own programs and actively look for ways to improve. We discuss potential changes to our evaluation process each year during a “post-mortem” meeting that we hold soon after the publication of our reviews—while the process is fresh in our minds. We also solicit feedback from the charities we’ve evaluated to consider ways in which we can improve the process for them. We hope that the changes we’re implementing this year will result in improvements in (i) the experience of the charities we work with, (ii) our efficiency, and (iii) the quality of our reviews.
When we evaluate a charity comprehensively, we publish an estimate of the amount of additional funding we predict the charity could use effectively in the following year.1 Since we can’t predict exactly how any charity will respond upon receiving more funds than they have planned for, … Read more
ACE takes the promotion of safe, equitable, and respectful environments within the animal advocacy movement to be of utmost importance. We are proud to be a charity that has women in a majority of our leadership roles and that is actively working to improve internal diversity and inclusion—having embedded these topics into our internal and external strategies. … 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
As we begin our 2017 evaluation process, we’re releasing a few updates to our criteria and evaluation methods. This year we have reworded and reordered our criteria, continued tweaking how we evaluate organizational factors that influence effectiveness through our last two criteria, added conversations with non-leadership employees to our plan for comprehensive evaluations, started offering participation grants, and updated the structure of the criterion which addresses the qualitative aspects of a charity’s programmatic impact.