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Experimental Evaluation Design for Program Improvement
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Experimental Evaluation Design for Program Improvement



December 2019 | 104 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book, from SAGE's Evaluation in Practice series, considers variants of experimental evaluation designs, including those that are not commonly used but could be with much greater frequency. It also includes instructions for how to set up such experiments within program processes to learn about the effects of improvement efforts.
 
List of Boxes, Figures, and Tables
 
Volume Editors’ Introduction
 
About the Author
 
Acknowledgments
 
Chapter 1 • Introduction
The State of the Field  
The Ethics of Experimentation  
What This Book Covers  
Questions and Exercises  
Resources for Additional Learning  
 
Chapter 2 • Conceptual Framework: From Program Logic Model to Evaluation Logic Model
Program Logic Model  
Evaluation Logic Model  
Conclusion  
Questions and Exercises  
Resources for Additional Learning  
 
Chapter 3 • The Basic Experimental Design Defined
Random Assignment Explained  
The Basic (Two-Armed) Experimental Design  
To Have a Control Group or Not to Have A Control Group?  
Questions and Exercises  
Resources for Additional Learning  
 
Chapter 4 • Variants of the Experimental Design
Multi-Armed Designs  
Factorial Designs  
Multistage Designs  
Staggered Introduction Designs  
Blended Designs  
Aligning Evaluation Design Options With Program Characteristics and Research Questions  
Conclusion  
Questions and Exercises  
 
Chapter 5 • Practical Considerations and Conclusion
Some Practical Considerations  
Road Testing  
Principles for Conducting High-Quality Evaluation  
Questions and Exercises  
Resources for Additional Learning  
 
Appendix • Doing the Math and Other Technical Considerations
Estimating Treatment Impacts  
How to Interpret Results  
Handling Treatment Group No-Shows and Control Group Crossovers  
Subgroup Analyses  
Conclusion  
Questions and Exercises  
Resources for Additional Learning  
 
References
 
Glossary
 
Index

Peck reminds us that the results from experiments only inform us about average effects, but more importantly provides us with the information necessary to look inside the "black box."

Roger Boothroyd
University of South Florida
Post-revision review

Experimental evaluations are feasible under the right conditions. This book is an excellent guide for evaluators that want to apply this underutilized design in their practice.

Sebastian Galindo
University of Florida
Post-revision review

 A sophisticated and well-written treatise of evaluation design to improve policies and programs.

Katrin Anacker
George Mason University
pre-publication review

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Chapter 1: Introduction


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ISBN: 9781506390055
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