We try to promote long term flourishing using behaviour science research. We have four main areas of focus.
We use research-informed co-design and prioritisation processes to identify projects where behaviour change is needed to do the most good.
This includes connecting with practitioners in an area (e.g., decision makers at an animal welfare charity) with expert researchers (e.g., public health dietitians and moral psychologists) and interested volunteers and junior researcher to identify capacity for impactful, neglected, and highly tractable research projects.
When we identify a good opportunity to execute an impactful research project - one which will provide practical insights, and useful training and experience, we use our experience to help make it happen.
When dong this, we draw on our extensive expertise in conducting primary (e.g., experiments and surveys) and secondary (e.g., meta-analyses and systematic reviews) research.
We aim to create knowledge that is practically useful, but also rigorous enough to contribute to academic knowledge.
We aim to increase the reach and impact of useful behavioural evidence relevant to doing the most good.
We do this by creating accessible summaries of our and others’ research using academic and non-academic dissemination activities. Furthermore, we also use newsletters, social media posts and article and author citations in scholarly works.
We help aligned researchers to have more impact via scholarly publications, and help junior and aspiring researchers to develop their research skills and credibility.
Michael Noetel, Alexander Saeri and Peter Slattery are academic researchers who met at an effective altruism conference in 2017 and founded Ready Research in 2019. Emily Grundy joined Ready Research to lead the animal products review in 2019 and became part of the leadership team in 2020.
We have collaborated with more than 100 volunteers. These include advisors and subject matter experts for each research project; team leaders, for experienced researchers who lead or manage our research projects; and members, for students and junior researchers who want to learn research skills and contribute to project execution. These also include more than 100 researchers and interested parties who helped us with the development and dissemination of the SCRUB project.
We completed and published a meta-review to identify interventions that reduce dietary consumption of animal products. You can read the peer-reviewed article here or a read a project summary here.
We completed a meta-review to identify interventions that promote charitable donations. You can read the published paper here or read a project summary here.
We started the Survey of Covid-19 Behaviours (SCRUB) project in March 2020 to provide current and future policymakers with actionable insights into public attitudes and behaviours relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was led by Ready Research in partnership with BehaviourWorks Australia, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University and Australian Catholic University; and a group of more than 100 international researchers.
In Australia, SCRUB received pilot funding from the Monash Sustainable Development Institute at Monash University. It was then funded by the Victorian Government for 15 months, resulting in a total of output of 21 waves of data collection and reporting. All project funding was received by three members of our research collaboration employed at BehaviourWorks Australia (which led the Australian chapter of the project).
Findings from the project were an input to state policy decisions during the Australia COVID-19 pandemic. After each wave of data collection, we generated and disseminated a report for relevant policymakers. More than 50,000 surveys in more than 40 countries were completed. The vast majority of this was Australian data, but we also collected over 3000 international responses. SCRUB data was mentioned in the media more than 200 times and used in three scholarly articles (we expect to publish more research once a data embargo is lifted).
We have had a significant impact on the careers of effective altruists who collaborated with us on reviews and received our research training. Emily got a job at BehaviourWorks Australia and was accepted to a fellowship at Rethink Priorities, while other collaborators have asked for references, progressed in their research careers, and got roles at effective altruism aligned research organisations.
Our behavioural science newsletter has more than 400 subscribers and has led to at least one job.
Our ongoing exploration of how to translate philanthropy research has attracted interest from more than 30 decision makers at charities, including representatives from The Life You Can Save, GiveDirectly, Against Malaria Foundation, SCI Foundation and Giving What We Can.