Behind the Data

Here’s a nice video from Dean Karlan’s Innovations for Poverty Action group and EconFilms emphasizing the work that goes on behind the scenes collecting data in often difficult parts of the world in order to produce better, more effective programs targeting poverty.

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That was really interesting. I have a ton of respect for those workers. I'd watch more in that vein. I want to know more about what they are testing, what the interventions are, and what they are finding.

And I want it all in bite sized YouTube videos :)

It's very slick. So was big data when applied to fighting the Vietnam war. We'll know in a few years if this approach works or if it just provides a fancy way for the well-intentioned to deceive themselves.

Not the same problem. The leadership during the Vietnam War asserted -- with no supporting evidence -- that they had determined a magic "crossover point" where the casualty rate would exceed recruitment ability of the enemy.

Privately, the same leaders knew they had no clue what this crossover point was but could sense the U.S. was not close to achieving it.

How critical are philanthropic recipients of the role IPA has played in scaling the use of randomized evaluations in fighting poverty?

How critical are assessments of the use of randomized evaluations to the receipt of philanthropic offers of advice and assistance?

What programs are in place for aid recipients so that they may ably assess the care and aptness of applications of randomized evaluations in fights and wars against poverty? (Are aid recipients encouraged to make these assessments themselves, or are they obliged to trust the earnest representations of the philanthropists they deal with?)

"better, more effective programs targeting poverty."

LOL. What a waste of time and money.

Not true.

There are a LOT of people who get rich by pretending to fight poverty.

LBJ's "War on Poverty" eliminated U.S. poverty half a century ago.

American federal/state/local governments now spend a mere Trillion+ Dollars per year on hundreds of very effective ant-poverty/welfare programs ... to mop up the tiny remnants of poverty in America.

You can't argue with success.
American politicians built the world's best anti-poverty programs.

IF "poverty" is the authentic and enduring human condition for which and to which no "solution" exists or ever will exist--

aren't "poverty-eradication" efforts inherently "anti-human"? (Such programs can only partially conceal the enduring limits of human aspirations and thus depict starkly the intrinsic mortal nature of the human condition.)

Doesn't the whole purpose and purport of "economics" then consist of how and in what ways living human beings steer "mortality" through their social and political systems to the benefits and detriments of respective populations? ("mortality" ever remaining a sure sign of human poverty, which also shows absolutely no sign of being overcome and of permitting the ability to overcome)

Antipovery measures are affordable and sustainable provided that those receiving support do not breed faster than those providing it. It is the animal nature of humans that poses the hazard.

The authentic and enduring human condition is to always struggle to improve our own lot. The most anti-human thing is just to accept what the environment hands you as an animal would.

"Poverty-eradication efforts" as I construe them succeed as false efforts that do nothing to "eradicate poverty" so much as they soothe and alleviate (and are intended to soothe and alleviate) personal and social philanthropic conscience (similarly, wealth never "cures" poverty [or mortality] so much as it only masks poverty [and helps hide proximate causes of and contributors to mortality]).

If poverty-eradication efforts were well-directed, they would assist chiefly and abundantly in "the struggles of the poors to improve their own lots". --but (to recast my earlier note posted above):

"What programs are in place for aid recipients so that they may ably assess the applications of randomized evaluations in fights and wars against the poverties they face? (Are aid recipients themselves encouraged and equipped to assess 'poverty-eradication programs,' or are they obliged to trust the earnest representations of the philanthropists they deal with?)"

Some Economists are clearly uncontent with certain biblical ideas concerning what will always be with us. But most Economists have no problem with this verse - The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. Proverbs 22:7

A promise is a debt incurred.

Confessional: Warden and I, among other charitable acts, provide monetary support, through Unbound, a schoolgirl in India and a schoolboy in Kenya.

Re: Biblical. See Matt. 26.6-13; Mark14.3-9; John 12.1-8.

We will always have poor people with us but we will not always have Jesus. True now more than ever.

Six days before the Passover in Bethany, Mary, the sister of Lazarus, anointed Jesus' feet with her hair using expensive perfume. Matthew and Mark say it was some people and some disciples. St. John says it was Judas Iscariot (who would betray Our Lord) who complained and hassled Mary about the perfume (which a week later was used at His burial) that could have been sold and the money given to the poor. John states Judas did not care about the poor. He carried the Apostolic purse and helped himself to it.

one of the main reasons we are saddened when we think of our friends who have gone wrong - the funny guy with an addiction to Fawlty Towers who became a hoarder, the young woman with a degree from Swarthmore with the almost over-the-top raccoon eyeshadow who still looked pretty but who married a guy who hooked her on fentanyl, the not quite chubby but cute young lady and her brother the star quarterback, both of whom died in their 40s after reaching 600 pounds ---one of the sad things we remember is not only that they made bad choices for their own lives, but also that they were not there when people who could have used a few bucks never got those few bucks because the hoarder, the fentanyl addict, and the victims of obesity died too soon, and would have helped out.

Effective altruism is a real thing. It is no small thing to be a friend to a human being who needed friendship, or even just to help someone who is not a friend.

I think this is an introductory message about AI and how it could alleviate random sampling and data collection in remote yet rich communities. With the use of sensor-based data, the data collection process could be improved. But who would ever want to mess with the earth's natural vegetation and magnificent bounty by putting little electronic chips everywhere?

But which database to use on the React app? I have managed to build a static application using React JS but want to continue it dynamically. Can you suggest the database to use on it? Do SQL work with JS? (Because I know how to code it)

The application I have been developing is a data scraping app using a website https://bedoper.com/

importing it's articles and images and displaying them on an app. Now I want to host all the coming data on any database.

The application I have been developing is a data scraping app using a website https://bedoper.com/

importing it's articles and images and displaying them on an app. Now I want to host all the coming data on any database.

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