Eligibility & Participation

Eligibility & Participation

The workshop is for faculty from all disciplines who have an interest in causal research in education settings; for advanced graduate students working with quasi-experimental data; and for employees of federal, state, and local government and contract research firms dealing with the evaluation of educational interventions. Past attendees of the IES QE workshop are eligible to attend. Attendees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Preference will be given to individuals who: 

  • have demonstrated their ability to conduct independent research,
  • are currently employed in a setting in which conducting research relevant to education is part of their regular responsibilities, and
  • can demonstrate that they have a need for the knowledge and skills addressed in the workshop. 

Each application will be evaluated on its own merits. If more than 30 meritorious applications are received, other criteria such as disciplinary, geographical, and institutional diversity will be taken into account.

Applicants must have a solid general understanding of statistical methods and be experienced in using personal computers and statistical computer packages. Knowledge of specific quasi-experimental analysis practices is not required. The Q-E Training Institute will include hands-on data-analysis sessions. Participants are expected to know how to perform basic R or Stata procedures, including running statistical analyses, e.g., frequency distributions, cross-tabulations, means, and regression analyses. While we anticipate that most attendees will be familiar with one of these programs, we also would be willing to consider those candidates who do not know either program, yet are adept at learning computer languages and are confident of their skills.

Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

If selected for participation in the Workshop on Quasi-Experimental Design and Analysis, individuals who require accommodations for disabilities should contact Rebecca Morris, program coordinator.