Research and Data
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Research and Data

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❓ Where can I find research/data on…

🌱 General Information

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We held an online event with presenters from Faunalytics, Plant Based Data, and Animal Data Project to better understand their research libraries. You can watch the recording of 📚Navigating Research Libraries for Animal Advocacy.

Faunalytics ⭐

Faunalytics aims to “conduct research and shares knowledge to help animal advocates help animals effectively”. Some of their resources include:

You can also dive deeper into the Data at their Faunalytics: External Resources and Faunalytics: Original Datasets.

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Faunalytics is best for actionable resources, since they screen the papers based on their usefulness and try to include specific actionable insights for advocates in their summaries.

Plant Based Data ⭐

Plant Based Data aims to be a curated database of the most important studies relevant to the need for a plant based food system. Some of their resources include

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Plant Based Data is best for you, if you want to explore original papers, since they host thousands of those in their library.

Animal Data Project ⭐

The Animal Data Project includes sources on Climate, Environment, Human Health, Communities, and Animals:

  • Essential Information - brief summaries, basic strengths and limitations of different studies, additional information such as COI and Funding Sources
  • Select Sources - resources undergo preliminary screening
  • Variety of Data - peer-reviewed journal articles, original datasets, legal documents, agency reports, and other publications
  • Pertinent and Comprehensive Topics - Resources from 2016 onwards
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Animal Data Project is best for highly curated data, since their resources go through extensive preliminary screening, ensuring high quality of research.

Our World In Data: Animal Welfare

Our World in Data’s Animal Welfare Section hosts all sorts of data, writings, and visualizations relevant to animal welfare.

Animal Ethics: Bibliographical lists

Animal Ethics: Bibliographical Lists are lists of research, books and writings on topics like Sentience and Animal Exploitation

CIWF: Research

Compassion in World Farming hosts research reports on all sorts of topics. This includes general topics, such as Animal Welfare or Environment, but also more specific ones like:

Issue Lab: Animal Welfare

The Issue Lab hosts free research about critical social issues from social sector organizations around the world. You can filter their library for Animal Welfare. Some examples include:

🧭 Effective Animal Advocacy

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Ultimately, all kinds of research and data can be useful for effective animal advocacy. Make sure to check out the “General Information” tab above, as you are very likely to find even more to help you help animals more effectively!

Animal Charity Evaluators

Animal Charity Evaluators has conducted, summarized and collected all sorts of research to help them evaluate different interventions/organizations in animal advocacy. Their resources include:

Bryant Research

Bryant Research’s Insights has Data Driven Actionable Insights largely based on Social Science research. Some examples are:

Their insights usually include specific recommendations that are drawn from the research.

AIM (formerly Charity Entrepreneurship)

Each year, AIM’s (formerly Charity Entrepreneurship) conducts research to find the most promising ideas for new (animal) charities. The Animal Welfare Reports include reports on each year’s top ideas as well as some that were under consideration. Some examples are:

Rethink Priorities: Animal Welfare

Rethink Priorities is a research and implementation group that identifies pressing opportunities to make the world better. We act upon these opportunities by developing and implementing strategies, projects and solutions to key issues. We do this work in close partnership with foundations and impact-focused non-profits.”

One of their main research areas is Animal Welfare, some of their reports include:

The Commons Social Change Library

“Do you want to change the world for the better? You’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re new to advocacy or an experienced campaigner you’ll find helpful resources here. All materials are free, digital, and directly available.

The Commons Library includes 1000+ educational resources in a range of formats. Topics include campaign strategy, community organising, working effectively in groups, justice and diversity, creative activism, and much more.”

Tiny Beam Fund

The Tiny Beam Fund has two really valuable resources:

  • Works We Fund. Reports of work that were funded by the Tiny Beam Fund.
  • Beacon Series. A series of key messages from works by academics useful for tackling industrial animal agriculture in developing countries

Summary of Evidence for Foundational Questions in Effective Animal Advocacy

This list is a project by the Sentience Institute (see below for their other research) and isn’t a traditional research database. Instead, the team at Sentience Institute lists common talking points and arguments that are relevant to foundational questions in effective animal advocacy, such as whether Welfare reforms lead to momentum or complacency or whether we should focus on Individual or Institutional outreach.

However, this list also includes empirical evidence to back up the arguments listed wherever available* as well as a survey of effective animal advocacy researchers (2017) and their opinions on these questions.

*the sources are all in the footnotes, however, the list hasn’t been updated since 2020, so “newer” empirical evidence and arguments might - unfortunately - not be included.

Open Philanthropy: Farmed Animal Welfare

Open Philanthropy is a large grantmaker that focuses partially on animal welfare. They currently only have four research reports on farmed animal welfare, but they are of very high quality, significance, and certainly worth a read!

Sentience Institute

“Sentience Institute is a nonprofit, interdisciplinary think tank researching long-term social and technological change, particularly digital minds and moral circle expansion.“ While they are currently more focused on digital sentience, they have many really interesting and valuable reports relevant to animal welfare, such as:

👩‍🔬 Alternative Proteins

📊 Numbers, Statistics, and Industry Data

IFC is a World Bank thing that invests in various things in developing countries, including animal agriculture (example) Searching that site seems pretty manual but apparently they contribute to a general World Bank Data repository, which has an API

Urner Barry is an organization that collects a lot of data on animal product pricing and  has a paid license and API available for accessing their data.

🧷 Other

Animal Advocacy Data Repository

“This [Animal Advocacy Data Repository] is an online repository for animal advocates to post or cross-post any research outputs that they want to make publicly available, such as hypothesis pre-registrations, analysis plans, study materials, raw data, and analysis code.”

Fair Fish Database

The fair-fish database, formerly known as FishEthoBase, is designed to collect, systematise, and make available (open access) all welfare-related knowledge to be found on food fishes in the wild, in captivity, and during catching in order to help improve fish welfare and avoid practices that harm fishes.”

Changing Markets

“We believe that NGOs have a critical role to play in driving market and policy change. We use our team’s extensive knowledge, experience and networks in sustainability, policy and campaigning to identify:

  • Critical issues that require urgent action and can be won by leveraging the power of the markets
  • Campaign ideas and strategies that will engage and mobilise people.

We then design and support the resulting campaigns to promote shifts in markets that support sustainability.

We do so by:

Our capacity to achieve this unusually combines world-class campaigning skills, experience and networks from the NGO, policy and business worlds. It is the synergies between these that set us apart, helping us to combine an understanding of all of these worlds to accelerate sustainable change.”

International Food Information Council: Research

IFIC’s consumer research focuses on attitudes and behaviors surrounding nutrition, food safety and food production. Our annual Food & Health Survey provides information about how Americans connect our food and food purchasing decisions to our physical health and overall wellbeing.”

PHAIR Journal

Psychology of Human-Animal Intergroup Relations

“A new online-only, open-access journal for scientific inquiries into how humans interact with non-human animals”

REFED Food Waste Data and Insights

“[…] we’ve developed the ReFED Insights Engine, an online data center designed to serve as the next generation of data, insights, and guidance on U.S. food waste. This interactive platform combines over 50 public and proprietary datasets, and subject matter expertise from our Expert Network, a group of over 75 food system professionals who span across the private and public sectors.”

Welfare Related Trackers

Cage-Free Laws

Cage-Free Laws hosts cage-free laws for different US States to ensure that Businesses meet these legal requirements.

Cage-Free World

Cage-Free World is a platform to track cage-free commitments around the world.

Coller Animal Law Forum: Animal Welfare Database

List of Animal Welfare laws and policies.

List of farmed animal law and policy resources.

CIWF Egg Tracker

Compassion’s global EggTrack shows the progress the world's largest food businesses are making towards their voluntary cage-free egg commitments across different regions (Global, US, Europe and Asia-Pacific).

Welfare Progress

WelfareProgress is a tool for food businesses to report progress against their cage-free egg commitments. Multiple stakeholders use this platform to evaluate corporate progress on this topic.”

Well Being Institute Studies Repository

“The WellBeing International Studies Repository is an open access collection of academic, archival, and assorted other materials related to various disciplines within the fields of human well-being, animal well-being and environmental sustainability (People, Animals and Environment - the PAE triad).”

🔎 What if I want to conduct my own research?

🙌Researcher Communities

🤝Research Support

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📁Archive

🧮Databases

Animal advocacy data

Animal Numbers and Statistics
General Data

“This is an online repository for animal advocates to post or cross-post any research outputs that they want to make publicly available, such as hypothesis pre-registrations, analysis plans, study materials, raw data, and analysis code.”

The Animal Data Project includes sources on Climate, Environment, Human Health, Communities, and Animals:

  • Essential Information - brief summaries, basic strengths and limitations of different studies, additional information such as COI and Funding Sources
  • Select Sources - resources undergo preliminary screening
  • Variety of Data - peer-reviewed journal articles, original datasets, legal documents, agency reports, and other publications
  • Pertinent and Comprehensive Topics - Resources from 2016 onwards
Data used by FoodImpacts.org

Food Impacts calculates hours of suffering per 2000 Kcal of animal product. The tool can be adjusted for climate impact, welfare ranges, supply and demand elasticity, and other factors. You can find all their sources to arrive at their data here.

Indirectly relevant

IFC is a World Bank thing that invests in various things in developing countries, including animal agriculture (example) Searching that site seems pretty manual but apparently they contribute to a general World Bank Data repository, which has an API

Urner Barry is an organization that collects a lot of data on animal product pricing and  has a paid license and API available for accessing their data.

🤝Research Support

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