Animal Advocacy Careers 2021 Plans and 2020 Review

post by lauren_mee · 2021-02-17T13:32:44.263Z · EA · GW · 2 comments

This is a link post for https://www.animaladvocacycareers.org/post/2021-plans-and-2020-review

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    us
    of our work in 2020
      Main services
      Numbers of participants
      Participant feedback
      Our team
      Other achievements
  2021 Plans
      Goals
      Bottlenecks to be addressed
      Main services
      Rough timeline
    to contribute
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About us

Animal Advocacy Careers (AAC) is an organisation that seeks to address the career and talent bottlenecks in the animal advocacy movement, especially the farmed animal movement. We were founded in late 2019, with support from Charity Entrepreneurship.

 

Review of our work in 2020

In 2020, our primary goal was to learn about which services would best address the career and talent bottlenecks in the animal advocacy movement. We primarily sought to achieve our goal by testing multiple services on a small scale.

Main services

We provided the following services:


 Running these services has helped us to build up our intuition about which services have the potential to be most effective and how to run them most cost-effectively.


Numbers of participants

The table below lists predictions that we made in April 2020 about expected numbers of participants for each of our services by the end of the year, as well as the actual results observed.

* 50% of applicants were randomly assigned to a no-intervention “control” group to help us assess our impact. We will not repeat this if we offer this service again.

 

 Given the effort inputted, the numbers of participants are therefore slightly disappointing for each of these services except for the online course and workshop.

 

Participant feedback

The one-to-one career advising and online course and workshop services are being evaluated by randomised controlled trials; we will have final results by late Summer 2021. We have also conducted a variety of other less formal analyses and received various types of participant feedback. These are detailed in Appendix A. Overall, we are quite pleased with the feedback we have had on the online course and workshop and on the one-to-one advising calls. The feedback on the management and leadership training is mixed and difficult to interpret. We have struggled to collect much feedback on our skills profiles.


 

Our team

There are currently two of us on the team (1.6 full-time equivalents). In 2020, we also had one contractor work with us for ~6 months, an operations intern provide support with charity registration, and a volunteer research assistant for one project.


 

Other achievements


 

2021 Plans

Goals

In 2021, our primary goal will continue to be to learn about which services will be most cost-effective for us to run in future years in order to help animals. We will try out at least one service type that we have not yet tested on a small scale and offer an improved version of at least one service that was trialled in 2020.


Bottlenecks to be addressed

In order to “address the career and talent bottlenecks in the animal advocacy movement,” we must first understand what those bottlenecks are. We see this research as essential for ourselves and also hopefully useful to others in the movement. Our primary source of evidence for this are our surveys with the effective animal advocacy community.

Our survey from 2019 identified several possible talent bottlenecks: management and leadership, fundraising, government, and legal. Although we used different question wording in our surveys in late 2020, a very similar set of skill types were rated as the most difficult to hire high-quality candidates for; the top three categories were “Leadership and senior managers,” “Fundraising or development,” and “Government, policy, lobbying, or legal.”

 In 2021, we aim to focus primarily on addressing the perceived bottleneck of high-quality leadership and senior management. This was highlighted as a key bottleneck in our own surveys and surveys conducted by other organisations.

 See Appendix B for detail on the considerations for and against a focus on various bottlenecks.


 

Main services

There are many different possible services that AAC could offer. We tend to group these options into three categories:


 

We have used several different decision-making tools in order to consider which services to work on in 2021:


 

Based on this, we have chosen to work on two main services from early 2021:


 

As time allows and as we learn more (e.g. following the results from the randomised controlled trials of the services from 2020), we may add or pivot towards any of the following services:


 

See Appendix C for detail on the considerations for and against a focus on each of these services. We do not intend to charge for any of our services in 2021.


 

Rough timeline

Jan-March:

April to August:

September to December:


 

How to contribute

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comment by JamesOz · 2021-02-20T00:05:47.438Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for writing this up, it's super interesting and helpful to see!  I've got a few questions:

  1. Besides the predictions you had for various amounts of people attending the online course, reading the skills profiles, etc., did you have any more high-level targets such as "we want to support X number of people in choosing a better career for animals"?
  2.  Looking at Appendix A, I saw you were disappointed with the amount of people who said they were likely to change their likely career trajectory, which is definitely understandable. Have you got plans to research into and/or improve this figure or do you not consider it a pressing issue at this stage?
  3.  Would you be willing to share your cost-effectiveness calculations you reference in Appendix C? I'm considering starting a start-up later this year and would love to see how other people have modelled it, especially for an intervention that is seemingly quite hard to model rigorously.
comment by lauren_mee · 2021-02-22T10:46:44.851Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Hi James,

Thanks for your questions and engagement with our post.

<<Besides the predictions you had for various amounts of people attending the online course, reading the skills profiles, etc., did you have any more high-level targets such as "we want to support X number of people in choosing a better career for animals"?>>

Yes, ultimately we will want to measure some variant of impact adjusted career trajectory changes for individuals. We haven't tried to really measure this for the skills profiles as these were largely for helping us to get a better knowledge internally on different types of roles in the movement. The online course and the 1-2-1 career advising will be assessed at least in part by our randomised control trials which will look to measure both career changes and also some behavioural changes of individuals who participated in the intervention vs. those who didn't. 

<<Looking at Appendix A, I saw you were disappointed with the amount of people who said they were likely to change their likely career trajectory, which is definitely understandable. Have you got plans to research into and/or improve this figure or do you not consider it a pressing issue at this stage?>>

Correct, although this is very immediate responses and its likely there could be more positive results in a few months or even years. At this stage digging deeper isnt the priority right now until we become more optimistic about continuing this service, but this might change when we receive the results from our RCT's on both the 1-2-1 advising and online course.

<< Would you be willing to share your cost-effectiveness calculations you reference in Appendix C? I'm considering starting a start-up later this year and would love to see how other people have modelled it, especially for an intervention that is seemingly quite hard to model rigorously.>> 

Absolutely,  although we must caveat that these are very rough CEA's and you might get some better advice on this from Karolina from Charity Entrepreneruship. If you email Jamie@animaladvocacycareers.org, he'll be happy to share this with you. Also if you want to chat more broadly about your start-up ideas and have a chat about this feel free to reach out to me. 

 

Lauren