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Social Experiments
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Social Experiments
Evaluating Public Programs With Experimental Methods



December 1998 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Written in a friendly, how-to manner, Social Experiments provides a basic understanding of how to design and implement social experiments and how to interpret their results. Through illustrative examples, the author provides a grounding in the experimental method and gives advice on: designs that best address alternative policy questions; maximizing the precision of the estimates; implementing the experiment in the field; data collection; estimating and interpreting program impacts, costs, and benefits; dealing with biases; and the use and misuse of experimental results in the policy process.
 
Why Experiment? The Rationale and History of Social Experiments
 
Basic Concepts and Principles of Social Experimentation
 
Alternative Random Assignment Models
 
Sample Design
 
Implementation and Data Collection
 
Analysis
 
Social Experimentation and the Policy Process

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