Part of our goal as a research organization is to develop methods for evaluating interventions and charities. The methods we’ve developed are tools that can be applied by ACE and by others to understand a variety of situations, and while they often draw from other evaluative practices, ACE uses them in specific and sometimes unique ways. These pages offer details on certain aspects of our evaluative process.
The process by which a charity or intervention creates change for animals can be complicated and difficult to understand. To communicate our assumptions about how change occurs, we use theory of change diagrams.
This menu of outcomes was developed to inform Animal Charity Evaluators’ charity evaluations and grant-making activities and to support animal advocates in better defining and evaluating their advocacy outcomes.
One way that we evaluate interventions or charities quantitatively is by calculating a cost-effectiveness estimate (CEE) in terms of “lives spared per dollar” or “years of suffering averted per dollar.” On this page, we describe our process for developing CEEs and the role that they play in our intervention reports and charity evaluations.
We use subjective confidence intervals (SCIs) in our work to identify the best ways to help animals. Here we explain what our SCIs are and how we use them, and provide some simple and detailed examples to help clarify possible points of confusion.