Our friends Annie Duflo and Dean Karlan at Innovations for Poverty Action (@poverty_action) wrote an important editorial in the New York Times this weekend on the importance of evidence over anecdotes and intuition in fighting poverty.

As they put it:

We have found that pairing experts in behavioral science with “on the ground” teams of researchers and field workers has yielded many good ideas about how to address the problems of poverty. Hope and rhetoric are great for motivation, but not for figuring out what to do. There you need data.

Read the whole article here. For more from the same perspective, read BSPA co-founders Craig Fox and Sim Sitkin’s article on bridging the divide between behavioral science and policy and Tim Wilson’s article ‘Intuition is Not Evidence’ from the same issue.