How Shortcuts Cut Us Short: Cognitive Traps in Philanthropic Decision Making

by Julia Coffman; Tanya Beer

May 1, 2014

Foundations need to build new ways of thinking and interaction that help to combat cognitive traps, support rigorous inquiry, and foster more deliberative decision making. This brief highlights several common cognitive traps that can trip up philanthropic decision making, and suggests straightforward steps that strategists, evaluators, and organizational learning staff can take to address them.

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