Caught a little bit of the stunning tonight, wasn't able to capture the full majesty…
sunset  from twitter
10 hours ago
Is it fair to say that most social programmes don't work? - 80,000 Hours
Of individual projects, when tested with well-powered randomised controlled trials, perhaps over 80% don’t “work”, i.e. deliver a reasonable effect size relative to cost.
Perhaps 1-10% have negative effects.
Of intervention types that have been evaluated with meta-analyses, the proportion that don’t “work” is probably lower, perhaps over 60% instead of 80%, but this is partly just because there is more attention paid to the most promising interventions.
The interventions and projects that haven’t been tested are probably worse, since more research is done on the most promising approaches.
If you consider whole “areas” (e.g. education as a whole), then the average effect is probably positive. This is what you’d expect if the area is making progress as a whole, and there is some pressure, even if weak, to close down poor programmes. This is consistent with many individual projects failing to work, and a small number of projects having strong positive effects, which is what we might expect theoretically.1
The average effect size and proportion of interventions that work probably varies significantly by area.
So is it fair to say “most social programmes don’t work?”

I think this is a little ambiguous and potentially misle
social  government  projects  work 
8 days ago
GitHub - rspeele/Rezoom.SQL: Statically typechecks a common SQL dialect and translates it to various RDBMS backends
Rezoom.SQL is an F# ORM for SQL databases.

It integrates with the F# compiler via a type provider to statically typecheck its own dialect of SQL. It knows how to translate this SQL dialect to various backends. Currently it supports SQLite, SQL Server, and PostgreSQL.

The type provider makes it fast and easy to write SQL statements, run them, and consume their results from your F# code with full type safety. You don't need to install any editor extensions or custom tooling, just add a NuGet package and you're off and running writing code like this:
sql  f#  orm 
18 days ago
GitHub - rspeele/Rezoom: Implements a resumption monad for .NET targeting data access with automatic batching and caching.
Rezoom is a library intended to reduce the pain of dealing with data that lives across a latency boundary.

Common examples of this nightmare include SQL databases, NoSQL databases, and web APIs.

It tends to be hard to write abstractions over these data sources because the round-trip time dominates all other performance concerns, and it's impossible to optimize without breaking your API.
sql  latency 
18 days ago
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