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Running Randomized Evaluations

ISBN-10: 0691159270
ISBN-13: 9780691159270
Edition: 2014
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Description: This book provides a comprehensive yet accessible guide to running randomized impact evaluations of social programs. Drawing on the experience of researchers at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, which has run hundreds of such evaluations in  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/24/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

This book provides a comprehensive yet accessible guide to running randomized impact evaluations of social programs. Drawing on the experience of researchers at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, which has run hundreds of such evaluations in dozens of countries throughout the world, it offers practical insights on how to use this powerful technique, especially in resource-poor environments.This step-by-step guide explains why and when randomized evaluations are useful, in what situations they should be used, and how to prioritize different evaluation opportunities. It shows how to design and analyze studies that answer important questions while respecting the constraints of those working on and benefiting from the program being evaluated. The book gives concrete tips on issues such as improving the quality of a study despite tight budget constraints, and demonstrates how the results of randomized impact evaluations can inform policy.With its self-contained modules, this one-of-a-kind guide is easy to navigate. It also includes invaluable references and a checklist of the common pitfalls to avoid.Provides the most up-to-date guide to running randomized evaluations of social programs, especially in developing countriesOffers practical tips on how to complete high-quality studies in even the most challenging environmentsSelf-contained modules allow for easy reference and flexible teaching and learningComprehensive yet nontechnical

Preface
Abbreviations and Acronyms
The Experimental Approach
Why Randomize?
Asking the Right Questions
Randomizing
Outcomes and Instruments
Statistical Power
Threats
Analysis
Drawing Policy Lessons
Appendix
Glossary
Index

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