2016 Cluster-Randomized Trials


The National Center for Education Research (NCER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education announces the 2016 Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials to increase the national capacity of researchers to develop and conduct rigorous evaluations of the impact of education interventions.

The tenth Summer Training Institute's aim is to increase the national capacity of researchers to develop and conduct rigorous evaluations of the impact of education interventions. The course sessions will provide intensive training on planning, implementing, and analyzing data for cluster-randomized trials. Principal Investigator Larry Hedges, PhD, will lead the workshop.


July 18 - 28, 2016


Hilton Garden Inn, Evanston, IL

Course Content:

The course sessions will provide intensive training on planning, implementing and analyzing data from a cluster randomized trial.

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.

Training Institute Sponsor:

Northwestern University, with a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, is providing support for this Summer Training Institute.

Eligibility Requirements and Selection Criteria for Training Institute Fellows:

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (Ph.D., Ed.D.) and experience conducting research relevant to education.

Applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status).

Preference will be given to individuals who (a) have demonstrated their ability to conduct independent research, (b) are currently employed in a setting in which conducting research relevant to education is part of their regular responsibilities, and (c) can demonstrate that they have a need for the knowledge and skills addressed in the Training Institute. 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 understanding of statistical methods and be experienced in using personal computers and statistical computer packages. The Training Institute will include hands-on data analysis sessions. Participants are expected to know how to perform basic SPSS or SAS procedures, including running statistical analyses (e.g., frequency distributions, cross-tabulations, means, regression analyses).

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

Postdoctoral fellows, junior researchers, and senior researchers who would benefit from the knowledge and skills addressed in the Summer Training Institute are encouraged to apply.

If selected for participation in the Summer Training Institute, individuals who require reasonable accommodations for disabilities should contact Valerie Lyne at Northwestern University.


Contact Information:

CRT Training Institute inquiries
Dr. Christina Chhin
National Center for Education Research
Institute of Education Sciences
555 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20208

Telephone: 202-219-2280
E-mail: Christina.Chhin@ed.gov

Inquiries about submission of the CRT Training
Institute application materials:
Valerie Lyne
Institute for Policy Research
Northwestern University
2040 N. Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208

Telephone: 847- 467-4001
E-mail: v-lyne@northwestern.edu