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Summer 2008 IES/NCER Research Training Institute:
Cluster-Randomized Trials

AT THE INSTITUTE FOR POLICY RESEARCH, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

 

Recently, the Institute of Education Sciences and the National Center on Education Research awarded the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University a three-year grant for a summer institute on randomized field trials. The institute will focus on the design, implementation, and analysis of cluster- randomized experiments. In doing so, IES hopes to increase the national capacity to develop and conduct rigorous evaluations of the effectiveness of education interventions.

The workshops are co-organized by Larry Hedges, Board of Trustees Professor in Social Policy and Statistics, and two colleagues from Vanderbilt University, Mark Lipsey, Director of the Center for Evaluation Research and Methodology and Senior Research Associate, and David Cordray, Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology.

Videos and presentations from the 2008 session are below:


2008 Sessions

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Specifying the conceptual and operational models; formulating precise questions
by Dr. Mark Lipsey of Vanderbilt University - July 7, 8:00 a.m.
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Describing and quantifying outcomes
by Dr. Mark Lipsey of Vanderbilt University - July 7, 10:30 a.m.
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Assessment of treatment implementation; assessment of control condition
by Dr. David Cordray of Vanderbilt University - July 7, 1:30 p.m.
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Basic experimental design with special considerations for education studies, Part I
by Dr. Larry Hedges of Northwestern University - July 8, 8:00 a.m.
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Basic experimental design with special considerations for education studies, Part II
by Dr. Larry Hedges of Northwestern University - July 8, 10:30 a.m.
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Basic experimental design with special considerations for education studies, Part III
by Dr. Larry Hedges of Northwestern University - July 8, 1:30 p.m.
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Sample size and statistical power, Part I
by Dr. Howard Bloom of MDRC - July 9, 8:00 a.m.
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Sampling size and statistical power, Part II
by Dr. Howard Bloom - July 9, 10:30 a.m.
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Sampling and external validity
by Dr. Howard Bloom - July 9, 1:30 p.m.
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Statistical analysis overview
by Dr. Larry Hedges - July 10, 8:00 a.m.
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Dealing with missing data, Part I
by Dr. John Graham of Penn State University - July 14, 8:00 a.m.
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Dealing with missing data, Part II
by Dr. John Graham - July 14, 10:30 a.m.
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Implementation of randomized trials
by Dave Myers of the American Institutes for Research - July 14, 1:30 p.m.
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Alternatives to randomized trials, Part I
by Dr. Mark Lipsey - July 15, 8:00 a.m.
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Alternatives to randomized trials, Part II
by Dr. Mark Lipsey - July 15 10:30 a.m.
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To view the video of the 2007 institute, please go here.