The Advocacy Program Officer will be responsible for collecting and distributing the proposals to the Oversight Committee, and requesting reviews and feedback. Members of the Oversight Committee will review each other’s feedback, meet to discuss the proposals, and in some cases request clarification or additional information on certain applications. An online anonymous voting process will then determine which proposals are funded. We expect this process to take 6-8 weeks from the application deadline.
Members of the Oversight Committee must disclose any personal relationships with applicants, and recuse themselves from evaluations and discussions about proposals from organizations they are professionally associated with.
The purpose of this fund is to support research that contributes to an understanding of effective animal advocacy. Thus, we are interested in supporting proposals with the potential to yield strong, relevant evidence about effective animal advocacy. We have three broad evaluation criteria.
1. Relevance of Proposal
Does this research address an important problem facing animal advocacy groups? Are there any specific organizations currently struggling because they do not know the answer to this question? What specifically could these organizations change or not based on the results of this research?
2. Strength of Evidence
To estimate the strength of a proposal, we will consider the design and procedure of the study, the measures used, and the characteristics of the sample. While we are open to considering proposals that use a variety of methods and measures, we will generally assign higher value to proposals that use experimental designs, include longitudinal measures (e.g. where outcomes are measured a few weeks or months after treatment), and attempt to measure actual (vs. self-report) behaviors.
3. Likelihood of Success
In addition to evaluating the strength and relevance of the evidence, we will also consider the likelihood of success by taking into account the feasibility of the proposal, and the capabilities of the applicants.