WSC Workshop Schedule


The workshop lasts five days. Below is a sample schedule from a previous year:

Day 1: Introduction to Within-Study Comparison (WSC) Design Theory

  • An empirical research program on quasi-experimentation
  • History of WSCs
  • Examples of different WSC designs
  • Lessons learned from past WSCs
  • Criteria for a causally interpretable WSC design

Day 2: Non-Equivalent Control Group Designs (PS Matching)

  • Review of matching designs (propensity score matching, stratification, and weighting)
  • Design and analytic assumptions for WSCs of matching designs
  • Design options for WSCs of matching designs
  • Demonstration of a matching WSC: Design and analysis

Day 3: Non-Equivalent Control Group Designs (Selected Topics and Discussion)

  • Role of covariates in matching
  • Matching with multilevel data

Day 4: Regression Discontinuity Designs (RDD) and Interrupted Time Series Designs (ITS)

  • Review of RDD
    • Design and analytic assumptions for WSCs of RDDs
    • Demonstration of an RDD WSC: Design and analysis
    • Examples
  • Review of ITS designs
    • Design and analytic assumptions for WSCs of ITS designs
    • Demonstration of an ITS WSC: Design and analysis
    • Examples

Day 5: Conclusion and Future Work

  • Presentation of group projects
  • Brainstorming session: Discussion of what future WSCs should look like, what substantive areas should they focus on, what methods should be tested