Our impact on recipient households has been documented by a rigorous third-party experimental evaluation (RCT), considered the gold standard for evidence.
We're averaging $0.91 per dollar placed directly in the hands of the poor.
We deliver payments electronically and use advanced tools to manage logistics and fraud.
RCTs underway or completed
We address policy questions that keep emerging-market leaders up at night. Studies in progress examine the optimal design and macroeconomic impact of transfers.
Performance relative to target (click to verify)
the number of households a field officer visits per day, relative to a target of 12
the percent of questions about GiveDirectly that recipients answer correctly, relative to a target of 100%
the average time from census to token payment, normalized to a target of 63 days
the percent of recipients we reach by phone for follow up, relative to a target of 100%
We publish our internal performance data in real time. In recent weeks, for example, productivity dropped 10% as we recruited new field officers and launched a new research project. We expect productivity to return to previous levels by December.
Cash transfers: not “whether,” but “how." Many people think that simply giving money directly to the poor is a radical new idea. We're flattered, but the reality is: it isn't.