Workshops on Quasi-Experimental Design and Analysis in Education 2011
Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education and the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University
Thanks to the support of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education, and the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at Northwestern University, Professors Thomas Cook of Northwestern and William Shadish of the University of California, Merced, led two summer workshops this year on the design and analysis of practical quasi-experiments for use in education. The 2011 workshop sessions were held on August 8–12 (Session I) and August 15–19 (Session II) and welcomed 120 attendees from academia and school districts, in addition to employees from contract research firms and the federal government.
Complementing the current interest in randomized experiments in education, these workshops seek to improve the quality of quasi-experiments, needed when random assignment is not feasible or breaks down. Several recent analyses of the quality of quasi-experiments in education point to designs and analyses that are generally below the state of the art, so the workshop's principal aim is to improve this state.
More information from the 2011 workshops can be found by clicking on the links below.
- Randomized Experiments (pdf)
- Regression Discontinuity (pdf)
- Interrupted Time-Series (pdf)
- Propensity Scores (pdf)
- Matching (pdf)
- Related papers and articles
- Videos of sessions from 2010 workshop (Session II)
- Workshop Reference List (pdf)