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Much of the research that effective altruists focus on and generate is new and carried out minimally, if at all. 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, especially when it comes to outreach and education pieces: Do the lessons made sense? Are there counter-arguments that have been missed? This sort of work frequently requires personal relationship with the individuals and/or organizations, and a firm grasp on EA or the specific field.

If you would be interested in lending your understanding, determine the means by which each organization takes feedback and contact them there. (Check out the list of EA-identified organizations.) Most of the time this will be informal communication through their contact information or in the comments sections of their blogs. To get a sense of how to evaluate the impact of EA charities themselves, check out this AI risk literature review and charity comparison (h/t Richard Batty).