GiveWell Public Research Discussions

Past Research Discussions

We put a lot of effort into making our research process and reasoning transparent. GiveWell holds conference calls and research meetings where we discuss our charity recommendations and answer questions.

This page also contains transcripts and recordings of events we've hosted that focus on the Open Philanthropy Project. As of June 2017, the Open Philanthropy Project is no longer part of GiveWell.

2022 research and recommendations

  • December 7, 2022: Zoom video call of a conversation with journalist Kelsey Piper and GiveWell CEO Elie Hassenfeld on GiveWell’s year-end giving recommendations and latest research updates.
  • December 1, 2022: In-person event in New York where GiveWell staff provided updates on the All Grants Fund and our work on malaria prevention.
  • July 26, 2022: In-person event in San Francisco where GiveWell researchers provided updates on our recommended programs as well as newer interventions in our research pipeline.
  • June 22, 2022: Zoom video call about the research of water quality interventions. Speakers include Michael Kremer from Development Innovation Lab, Brett Sedgewick from Evidence Action, and Catherine Hollander, Stephan Guyenet and Elie Hassenfeld from GiveWell.

2021 research and recommendations

  • December 9, 2021: Zoom video call of a conversation with journalist Matthew Yglesias and GiveWell CEO Elie Hassenfeld on GiveWell’s origins, evolving role, and latest research.
  • Audio recording of the event (M4A)
  • Written transcript (PDF)
  • June 8, 2021: Zoom video call that includes a conversation with Malaria Consortium’s Programme Director – Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention and a spotlight on a new program we're investigating: addressing malnutrition.

    2020 research and recommendations

    2019 research and recommendations

    2018 research and recommendations

    2017 research and recommendations

    2016 research and recommendations

    2015 research and recommendations

    2014 research and recommendations

    2013 research and recommendations

    2012 research and recommendations

    2011 research and recommendations

    • December 8, 2011: Conference call discussing GiveWell's updated charity recommendations for December 2011: Audio (MP3) and Transcript (PDF)
    • November 21, 2011: Pre-publication call discussing forthcoming research: Transcript (DOC)
    • August 18, 2011: Mid-process meeting to discuss ongoing research: Transcript (DOC)

    Progress and Plans Discussions with GiveWell's Board of Directors

    We hold periodic calls with members of our Board of Directors to update them on our progress and plans and to get their feedback. These calls are more informal than our official board meetings.

    Calls are monitored for (a) comments that are both easily misinterpreted and insignificant; (b) compromise agreements of confidentiality that GiveWell has made to obtain information that does not belong to it. These comments are then removed.

    On October 15, 2012, we held a call to discuss GiveWell's partnership with Good Ventures, donor outreach, recent research, staff recruiting, and other topics.