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New data and papers

We have a lot of new results coming out over the next few weeks – watch this space!

First up: updated data in the meta-analysis app. Data on 10 new interventions were added: contract teachers; financial literacy; HIV education; irrigation; microhealth insurance; micronutrients; SMS reminders; performance pay; rural electrification; and women’s empowerment programs.

Next up: working papers on each of the topics covered to date.

Get involved!

We are looking for more people to help with our meta-analyses. A master’s degree and experience with impact evaluations and/or meta-analyses is ideal, but we can suggest other options depending on your experience.

In the past, AidGrade employees have been accepted to Economics PhD programs at Yale, Princeton, Stanford and NYU, Political Science PhD programs at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Michigan, and staff positions at the World Bank.

We are also accepting intern applications for summer 2014 for both research and outreach roles. This is your chance to learn about impact evaluation and meta-analysis and work with a great team!

One can work remotely. We also have clusters in Washington, D.C., New York, and San Francisco.

Application deadline: April 2, 11:59 pm PDT

To apply, please send cover letter and CV to, highlighting the role(s) for which you wish to be considered.

An intern at AidGrade

Post by Scott Weathers, @scott_weathers.

My first day at AidGrade came with a gift. In our fall team’s first meeting with Eva, we received owl-themed kitchen timers.

But these weren’t stocking stuffers. Eva brought up a set of studies—which everyone was already familiar with—arguing that working for short, fixed blocks of time was the most effective work strategy. Spend less time concentrating and you’re not reaching optimal productivity, spend more and you’re burning yourself out.

This is AidGrade. How can we use our time, money, and energy to the greatest effect? How can development aid be maximized to spur economic growth, cure disease, and save the greatest number of lives?

AidGrade is a risky endeavor. We are less than a dozen employees and interns working to refine the most promising solutions to global disease and poverty.

You’ll see the importance of AidGrade right away. Why isn’t there a database of studies on HIV education, anti-malarial bed nets, micronutrients, or microfinance? If you like to ask big questions, you’ll fit right in.

You’ll also learn quickly. The fine-grained details of Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) may not be too familiar right now, but AidGrade presents an awesome opportunity to dive in.

AidGrade is a development start-up that I believe is working on some of the most important issues the world has today. If you have any aspiration to impact humanity, or at least understand the impact you may have, I encourage you to join.

Scott was a fall term social media intern. Interested in learning more about what opportunities are available? Get in touch:

What does $50k mean to us?

Post by Eva Vivalt, @evavivalt.

AidGrade’s at risk of not making the Indiegogo target, meaning the money raised to date would be returned to the contributors.

We’re a small organization. We do everything on a shoestring. This actually means we’re quite cost-effective. Everything I’ve done for the organization has been on a volunteer basis and actually most of our work gets done that way.

We’re a young organization. We seem so well-established that perhaps we don’t seem like we need the money, but we’re only celebrating a year since launching the website tomorrow.

$50k is a year’s worth of activities, if were to ration ourselves to only the most essential parts. That’s all the meta-analyses, all the data collection, all the massive coordination that requires. And perhaps we haven’t allocated enough in the past to fundraising or publicity or putting our materials into media-friendly sound bytes. That’s understandable – we’re researchers – but mea culpa. We are finishing up the last of our first 20 meta-analyses, and expect the focus to shift to making more use of these data to put out new findings.

We aren’t planning to do any more crowdfunders, so this is your last chance to get one of the rewards – the crowdfunder ends Tuesday! Please help us get to our goal so we can squeeze these data this coming year and build sustainability.