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Much of the research within effective altruism is relatively new, and hasn't been closely examined by many experts. To promote quality research and good epistemic standards, individuals and organizations need to provide one another with feedback on their thinking and work. This includes vetting pieces that EA organizations are writing: Do the ideas made sense? Are there counter-arguments that have been missed? This sort of work often requires a firm grasp on EA and/or the specific field of the research, but may not require a pre-existing relationship with the organization (if your feedback is sufficiently useful, most orgs will gratefully accept it).

If you would be interested in lending your understanding, determine the means by which the organizations that interest you take feedback, and contact them through the appropriate channels. Most of the time, this will be informal communication through their website's contact page or comments on their EA Forum posts. To get a sense of how to evaluate the impact of EA charities themselves, check out this AI risk literature review and charity comparison.