Social Experiments: Evaluating Public Programs With Experimental Methods

Social Experiments: Evaluating Public Programs With Experimental Methods

by Larry L. Orr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761912940

ISBN-13: 9780761912941

Pub. Date: 10/16/1998

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Intended to provide a basic understanding not only of how to design and implement social experiments, but also of how to interpret their results once they are completed, author Larry L. Orr's Social Experiments is written in a friendly, how-to manner. Through the use of illustrative examples, how-to exhibits and cases, and boldface key words, Orr provides readers with…  See more details below

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Intended to provide a basic understanding not only of how to design and implement social experiments, but also of how to interpret their results once they are completed, author Larry L. Orr's Social Experiments is written in a friendly, how-to manner. Through the use of illustrative examples, how-to exhibits and cases, and boldface key words, Orr provides readers with a grounding in the experimental method, including the rational and ethical issues of random assignment; designs that best address alternative policy questions; maximizing the precision of the estimates; implementing the experiment in the field; data collection; estimating and interpreting program impacts, costs, and benefits; dealing with potential biases; and the use and misuse of experimental results in the policy process. This book will be useful not only to those who plan to conduct experiments, but also to the much larger group who will, at one time or another, want to understand the results of experimental evaluations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761912941
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
10/16/1998
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Why Experiment? The Rationale and History of Social Experiments1
2Basic Concepts and Principles of Social Experimentation35
3Alternative Random Assignment Models69
4Sample Design103
5Implementation and Data Collection139
6Analysis187
7Social Experimentation and the Policy Process233
Index259
About the Author263

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