ACE prioritizes among animal causes in order to direct our research to the areas in which it can do the most good. We’re not able to thoroughly review each of the thousands of animal-focused charities in the world, so we narrow our focus to the causes we find most promising in order to have the best chance of identifying charities and interventions that are exceptionally effective.
ACE's charity recommendations are one of our highest priorities. We conduct brief evaluations of many organizations to identify the most promising candidates, then research those organizations' methods and achievements in greater depth. While success is defined partly by the organization under consideration, ACE's evaluations always consider the effectiveness of an organization from the perspective of reducing the largest amount of suffering.
Animal advocacy organizations use a wide variety of tactics to address many forms of animal suffering. Identifying which methods most efficiently solve which problems is thus a key step in comparing programs and organizations. To find these methods, ACE researches the effectiveness of various tactics and interventions intended to improve the lives of animals. This research helps us identify the strongest animal advocacy programs, and can provide guidance to animal advocates in deciding which course to pursue. As such, we prioritize evaluating interventions with the potential to be highly cost effective and about which we believe there is ample information available.