Perspectives

How Low-Cost, Lightweight RCTs Can Improve Program Evaluation

This paper introduces the idea behind low-cost, light weight Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs), similar to the trial conducted by the UK’s Ministry of Justice, and identifies the conditions under which a manager might be able to successfully employ one to determine which changes to a policy, program or communication yield the best results.

RCTs and the move toward data-driven analysis of programs are creating a multitude of possibilities for federal agencies. In many cases, these agencies are already equipped with treasure troves of data and a desire to identify the most effective methods for accomplishing key objectives. While RCTs may not be appropriate in many cases, when they are, they have the capacity to help program managers build an evidence base of what works and what does not. Download the full article to learn more. 

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