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Will GiveWell fund Educate! Experience program by 1st January 2027?

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23rd Oct
Josh Hart
Josh Hart 13:55

GiveWell has recommended grants to over 10 charities over the years. They are currently investigating 12 charity areas with other areas of research in the pipeline including Educate! Experience program.

** The following is taken directly from Givewell’s explanation of the topic.**

Educate! is a nonprofit that aims to increase skills among youth in East Africa in order to increase their success in formal employment and entrepreneurial activities.

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We reviewed preliminary evidence from a randomized controlled trial of the Educate! Experience program (Chioda and Gertler n.d.), which provides mentorship to students in their last two years of secondary school and aims to develop students’ interpersonal skills (e.g., communication and teamwork), intrapersonal skills (e.g., self-confidence, critical thinking, creativity, and grit), and hard skills (e.g., business planning, budgeting, and saving). Chioda and Gertler n.d. finds that the program did not lead to increases in wages, earnings, revenue, or profits at a four-year follow-up. It does find effects on other outcomes, including secondary school completion and intimate partner violence. We have not reviewed the study in depth, nor have we seen a final draft of the results.

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Because the RCT does not find an effect on measures related to income or consumption, we guess that this program has low cost-effectiveness, and we do not plan to conduct further investigation in the near term. However, we have not conducted a formal cost-effectiveness analysis of the program and have not attempted to quantify benefits on outcomes beyond income or consumption, such as improvements in educational outcomes or measures of intimate partner violence. We plan to revisit this program once data from the seven-year follow-up are available, since this might capture income effects for those still in school at the time of the four-year follow-up. We may also review similar youth skills programs in the future if we find evidence of larger effects on income or other outcomes”