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How to Read Research Findings to Distinguish Evidence-Based Programs from Everything Else

Series 1: Increasing Government Effectiveness Through Rigorous Evidence About What Works

Video 1: Why Evidence-Based Policy?
Video 2: Recent Developments in Congress, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the federal agencies
Video 3: What Kinds of Evidence are Needed to Increase Government Effectiveness?

Series 2: How to Read a Study and Assess Whether it Produced Valid Evidence of Effectiveness


Video 1: Key Elements of a Well-Conducted Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT)
Video 2: Which Comparison Group ("Quasi-Experimental") Studies are Most Likely to Produce Valid Evidence of Effectiveness?


Documents referenced in the videos:

Checklist For Reviewing a Randomized Controlled Trial of a Social Program or Project, To Assess Whether It Produced Valid Evidence, 2010 (.pdf, 6 pages + cover)

Which Comparison-Group ("Quasi-Experimental") Study Designs are Most Likely to Produce Valid Estimates of a Program's Impact?: A Brief Overview and Sample Review Form, updated 2018 (.pdf, 3 pages + appendix)



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