CRT Goals and Overview


Objective:
The National Center for Education Research (NCER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education announces its eighth 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.