IDinsight donations received

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of December 2019. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on analytics.vipulnaik.com, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country
Websitehttp://idinsight.org/

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 16 1,000,000 1,184,253 34,382 70,000 184,324 314,752 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,196,729 1,529,804 1,985,000 2,321,617 3,985,129
Global health and development 2 34,382 254,378 34,382 34,382 34,382 34,382 34,382 34,382 474,374 474,374 474,374 474,374 474,374
Population 3 1,000,000 690,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Agriculture 3 1,480,428 1,255,029 110,953 110,953 110,953 110,953 1,480,428 1,480,428 1,480,428 2,173,707 2,173,707 2,173,707 2,173,707
Conditional cash transfers 1 184,324 184,324 184,324 184,324 184,324 184,324 184,324 184,324 184,324 184,324 184,324 184,324 184,324
Consulting 3 1,196,729 1,277,699 314,752 314,752 314,752 314,752 1,196,729 1,196,729 1,196,729 2,321,617 2,321,617 2,321,617 2,321,617
Water 1 1,086,853 1,086,853 1,086,853 1,086,853 1,086,853 1,086,853 1,086,853 1,086,853 1,086,853 1,086,853 1,086,853 1,086,853 1,086,853
Sanitation 1 1,529,804 1,529,804 1,529,804 1,529,804 1,529,804 1,529,804 1,529,804 1,529,804 1,529,804 1,529,804 1,529,804 1,529,804 1,529,804
Nonprofit ecosystem 1 1,985,000 1,985,000 1,985,000 1,985,000 1,985,000 1,985,000 1,985,000 1,985,000 1,985,000 1,985,000 1,985,000 1,985,000 1,985,000
Financial policy and administrative management 1 3,985,129 3,985,129 3,985,129 3,985,129 3,985,129 3,985,129 3,985,129 3,985,129 3,985,129 3,985,129 3,985,129 3,985,129 3,985,129

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee IDinsight

Donor Total 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (filter this donee) 10,366,874.12 0.00 0.00 0.00 7,356,642.12 3,010,232.00 0.00
GiveWell Incubation Grants (filter this donee) 6,511,178.00 658,698.00 1,196,729.00 2,321,617.00 2,299,752.00 0.00 34,382.00
Hewlett Foundation (filter this donee) 2,070,000.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 70,000.00
Total 18,948,052.12 658,698.00 2,196,729.00 3,321,617.00 9,656,394.12 3,010,232.00 104,382.00

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (16 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 16)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
GiveWell Incubation Grants474,374.00112019-03Global health and development/feedback collectionhttps://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/IDinsight-beneficiary-preferences-march-2019-- Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support a scaled-up study surveying potential beneficiaries of GiveWell top charities about the relative value they place on different good outcomes, such as averting a death or doubling a household's income. The research aims to inform GiveWell's approach to two questions: (1) Valuing health vs. income, (2) Age-weighting. The pilot phase of this work was conducted by IDinsight using an April 2018 grant https://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/IDinsight-embedded-givewell-team-2018 IDinsight expects its total budget of $474,374 to break down roughly as follows: IDinsight staff costs: $364,160; Fieldwork: $104,214; Other costs: $6,000

Donor reason for selecting the donee: GiveWell has worked closely with IDinsight in the past on related work, including on the pilot phase of this project conducted by IDinsight using an April 2018 grant https://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/IDinsight-embedded-givewell-team-2018 so it is natural to continue the work with IDinsight

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Amount likely determined based on budget calculation. IDinsight expects its total budget of $474,374 to break down roughly as follows: IDinsight staff costs: $364,160; Fieldwork: $104,214; Other costs: $6,000

Other notes: GiveWell lists some open questions: (1) How reliable will this study's results be relative to the results of similar studies conducted in high-income countries? (2) To what extent will this study's results influence our approach to valuing health vs. income or age-weighting? (3) How can we encourage more research to be conducted on the moral values of people living in poverty in low-income countries?. Announced: 2019-05-22.
GiveWell Incubation Grants184,324.00132019-02Conditional cash transfershttps://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/IDinsight-new-incentives-february-2019-- Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: This relatively small grant is intended to cover IDinsight's staff costs from February to May 2019 for the randomized controlled trial (RCT) it is conducting on New Incentives' conditional cash transfers program. (1) IDinsight aims to have finished its midline analysis. (2) GiveWell plans to have agreed with IDinsight on key design elements for the RCT's endline survey that affect the budget. (3) GiveWell plan to finalize a budget with IDinsight for the remainder of this work that we agree achieves the right balance of a) value of information generated by the endline survey and b) cost. GiveWell expects the results of the RCT to affect whether New Incentives becomes a GiveWell top charity

Donor reason for selecting the donee: GiveWell is interested in having the randomized controlled trial (RCT) from IDinsight so that it can decide whether to give New Incentives top charity status. GiveWell already financed earlier stages of this work with the August 2018 grant https://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/IDinsight-embedded-givewell-team-2018#About_the_grant and earlier with the May 2017 grant https://www.givewell.org/charities/IDinsight/may-2017-grant and the October 2016 grant https://www.givewell.org/charities/IDinsight/october-2016-grant so it is a natural choice to continue funding IDinsight to continue the work

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): No reason given for the amount, but it is likely that the amount is determined based on the budget for the three months of work that the funding covers

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The original funding for the RCT ended in January 2019, but the RCT work was not completed. This grant round was made quickly as a bridge round to prevent the work from being suddenly stopped, while details of the final future grant could be hashed out
Intended funding timeframe in months: 4

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: The grant writeup says: "We plan to finalize a budget with IDinsight for the remainder of this work that we agree achieves the right balance of a) value of information generated by the endline survey and b) cost." The following followup questions are listed: (1) What endline survey design decisions (e.g. sample size) does IDinsight believe are justified based on the value of information they will generate for GiveWell's decision about whether New Incentives should be a top charity? (2) How much additional funding will IDinsight need to complete the project, given these endline survey design decisions?

Other notes: Affected countries: Nigeria; announced: 2019-05-06.
Hewlett Foundation1,000,000.0092018-07-03Populationhttps://hewlett.org/grants/idinsight-for-support-of-monitoring-and-evaluation-for-the-ministry-of-education-project/-- For Support Of Monitoring And Evaluation For The Ministry Of Education Project.
GiveWell Incubation Grants1,196,729.0072018-04Consultinghttps://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/IDinsight-embedded-givewell-team-2018-- Grant to continue supporting the work of the GiveWell embedded team, renews the May 2017 grant https://www.givewell.org/charities/IDinsight/may-2017-grant Large projects facilitated by this grant include a midline evaluation for the RCT of New Incentives, and large-scale survey(s) of top charity beneficiaries. Smaller projects include supporting a RCT of Charity Science Health and a deep assessment of the quality of Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) monitoring. Announced: 2018-08-09.
Hewlett Foundation1,000,000.0092017-09-21Populationhttps://hewlett.org/grants/idinsight-for-general-operating-support/-- For General Operating Support.
GiveWell Incubation Grants2,321,617.0022017-05Consultinghttps://www.givewell.org/charities/IDinsight/may-2017-grant-- Grant supports a GiveWell-embedded team for the next 12 months, helping with evaluating top charities and interventions. Announced: 2017-10-17.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation1,086,853.3882016-11-08Water/Water sector policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to create an innovation unit to generate ongoing evidence to improve priority Government of India programs working to better the lives of India’s poorest citizens; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: India.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation2,173,706.7532016-11-08Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to create an innovation unit to generate ongoing evidence to improve priority Government of India programs working to better the lives of India’s poorest citizens; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: India.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation3,985,129.0012016-11-08Financial policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to create an innovation unit to generate ongoing evidence to improve priority Government of India programs working to better the lives of India’s poorest citizens; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: India.
GiveWell Incubation Grants314,752.00122016-10Consultinghttps://www.givewell.org/charities/IDinsight/october-2016-grant-- Grant for embedded GiveWell team. See https://www.givewell.org/charities/idinsight/all-content for all GiveWell content on the organization.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation110,953.00142016-09-27Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to test methods for scaling the adoption of products and services through the use of decision-focused, rapid, low-cost randomized controlled trials; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara; affected countries: India.
GiveWell Incubation Grants1,985,000.0042016-06Nonprofit ecosystemhttps://www.givewell.org/charities/IDinsight/june-2016-grant-- General support grant, to scale its model of supporting and evaluating development interventions. See https://www.givewell.org/charities/idinsight/all-content for all GiveWell content on the organization.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation1,480,428.0062015-08-17Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to test methods for scaling the adoption of products and services through the use of decision-focused, rapid, low-cost randomized controlled trials; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara; affected countries: India.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation1,529,804.0052015-07-06Sanitation/basic sanitationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide research support to UNICEF in order to improve the social impact and cost-effectiveness of UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene interventions; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
Hewlett Foundation70,000.00152014-10-08Populationhttps://hewlett.org/grants/idinsight-for-writing-a-paper-on-future-directions-for-impact-evaluations/-- For Writing A Paper On Future Directions For Impact Evaluations.
GiveWell Incubation Grants34,382.00162014-09Global health and development/scale-uphttps://www.givewell.org/charities/IDinsight/september-2014-grant-- Help with scaling up a high-potential development intervention in India. Affected countries: India.