CRT Goals and Overview

The National Center for Education Research (NCER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education announces its ninth Summer Research Training Institute on cluster-randomized trials (CRTs) in education sciences. The purpose of this training is to prepare current education researchers to plan, design, conduct, and interpret cluster-randomized trials.

The course will enable participants to:

• Describe the principles underlying randomized experiments and their advantages for making causal inferences.

• Understand the hierarchical structure of populations in education (students nested in classes nested in schools) and its implications for study design and analysis of data.

• Select appropriate measures for assessing outcomes, describing implementation fidelity, and capturing process variables.

• Acquire knowledge and strategies for designing and conducting a cluster-randomized trial.