Enthusiasm-based or evidence-based charities: Personal reflections

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In different charitable foundations throughout the world, different approaches are used to allocate funding. As many projects with good will (i.e., enthusiasm-based charity) fail to help those who really need help, it is argued that evidence-based approach (i.e., charity guided by scientific evidence) represents the best strategy to support projects that can really help the needy. Using this approach, scientific research findings are systematically used to: a) understand the nature of the problem and/or social needs; b) design appropriate intervention programs based on the best available evidence; and c) systematically evaluate the outcomes of the developed program. Using the Project P.A.T.H.S. funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as an example, the characteristics underlying this approach are outlined. The systematic use of scientific evidence in the Project P.A.T.H.S. is exemplary in different Chinese societies. This project provides much insight for charitable foundations and funding bodies locally and globally.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDrug Abuse in Hong Kong
Subtitle of host publicationDevelopment and Evaluation of a Prevention Program
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781613244913
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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