What have we accomplished so far?
We developed a quantitative method for estimating the cost-effectiveness of scientific research and written a report about it. [Report]
We have applied this method to estimate the cost-effectiveness of research on promoting prosocial behavior in hours of happiness per dollar invested. Our estimate suggests that such research is about 100 times as cost-effective as psychotherapy. [Report]
We have conducted large-scale computer simulations suggesting that funding agencies should spend at least as much money on scientific research and R&D projects as they spent on the application of existing interventions. [Report]
Clearer Thinking selected our project for funding from the Future Fund Regranting program.
Our abstract "Which research topics are most important for promoting flourishing?" has been accepted at the Global Conference on Human Flourishing. The abstract and poster report the tentative prediction of the cost-effectiveness of research on promoting prosocial behavior. [Abstract] [Poster]
We have developed a method that uses probabilistic causal models to predict the social impact of research on developing or evaluating behavioral, psychological, or educational interventions. As a proof-of-concept, we have applied this method to research on promoting altruism. We have described our method and findings in a sequence of posts on the Effective Altruism Forum titled COST-EFFECTIVENESS ANALYSIS FOR EVERYTHING: PREDICTING THE COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF DEPLOYING, EVALUATING, AND DEVELOPING NEW INTERVENTIONS, AND BEYOND.
We are organizing the virtual symposium Identifying Impactful Research Topics at the MetaScience conference. This symposium took place on May 3. A recording is available at https://youtu.be/6cZLYqnDbOc
How can I get involved?
There are several easy ways to get involved now:
Propose potential research goals and questions, by entering them in this spreadsheet.
Comment on other people's proposals in the Comment columns of that spreadsheet.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquiry for opportunities to get involved in estimating the impact of research on one or more of the identified topics.