Professional development workshops
True experimental designs in program evaluation (11) [EN]
Gerald Halpern, Fair Findings Inc.
May 31, 2009, 1:00pm - 4:00pm - Intermediate - 25 seats
This interactive workshop will demonstrate several opportunities for the use of true experimental designs in program evaluation. Arguably, these are the ‘gold standard' designs and serve to fully address the attribution issue so frequently not truly considered in evaluations. The half-day will use about 10 minutes to present a list of prototype evaluation designs and classes of sources of invalidity (external and internal). The intention is not to review or teach; it is to share a common terminology to foster good communication during the workshop. Evaluators who are not familiar with the traditional designs for true experiments and the functions served by these designs should not attend this session. Teams will be formed, a case will be introduced, each team will design and present a true experiment and then there will be group discussion. Each case only requires 60 minutes in total. Three cases will be available. The facilitator will have available Cases 2 and 3; either or both may be replaced by cases brought to the session by participants. If the latter, the proposed case will have to have been offered to the facilitator for approval and preparation at least 10 days in advance of the session.
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