WSC Workshop Goals and Overview

Workshop Goals

The course will enable participants to:

  • Understand different conceptions of causation including the conception underlying experimental methods and how methods to improve experiments can also be applied to improve quasi-experiments.
  • Understand several different quasi-experimental designs including regression discontinuity, interrupted time series, various kinds of matching designs and instrument variables.
  • Have access to the most recent research on these methods and their successful implementation in school-based research.
  • Conduct analysis of data using the four different kinds of design.
  • Specialize in the advanced analysis of one type of design.


Workshop materials will be presented through a series of lectures and discussions of past within-study comparisons (WSCs). See the reference list for some of the WSCs that will be discussed. In addition, attendees will work in small groups of two to five people to design their own WSCs on topics of mutual substantive and methodological interest. At the end of the week, groups will present their WSC protocols to the workshop for feedback and comments.

It is hoped that some participants will implement the WSCs that they designed at the workshop.