Effective Altruism QALY workshop materials & outline (and Jan 13 '19 meetup notes)

post by samstowers · 2020-02-01T04:42:07.278Z · score: 11 (3 votes) · LW · GW · 1 comments

Contents

  What the workshop is & a brief overview
  Workshop materials
    Rough schedule & content/activity outline
    Hypothetical charity details
      Charity A: Prosthetic arms for people who lost arms in freak woodcutting accidents (lend-a-hand)
      Charity B: Sanitation training for citizens (wash-ya-hand)
      Charity C: Free treatment for "Spontaneous Combustion Syndrome", SCS (hand-on-fire)
    Pedagogy notes
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What the workshop is & a brief overview

Hi all! This is my first post on LessWrong, but I'll be posting here more often with conversation notes & resources from the Effective Altruism Kansas City meetup group.

This workshop was an experiment to give participants an intellectual & intuitive understanding of how EAs typically prioritize between charities - the QALY (and DALY). Participants were told that they're the board for the Hypothetical Foundation and needed to choose a charity to fund between three options to best serve the residents of Hypothetical Town. Discussion is guided from initial impressions, to how to quantify well-being, to how to estimate DALYs, and finally, how to use DALYs to compare charities.

The workshop was fun & engaging, but I've got a few post-mortem revision notes in case anyone wants to use these materials:

Workshop materials

Rough schedule & content/activity outline

Hypothetical charity details

Charity A: Prosthetic arms for people who lost arms in freak woodcutting accidents (lend-a-hand)

Charity B: Sanitation training for citizens (wash-ya-hand)

Charity C: Free treatment for "Spontaneous Combustion Syndrome", SCS (hand-on-fire)

Pedagogy notes

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comment by areiamus · 2020-02-01T09:42:11.561Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for this resource, Sam. I can't see it on the EA forum, but it's definitely worth posting there.

Really appreciate you sharing this!