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The Experimental Approach

Rachel Glennerster () and Kudzai Takavarasha
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Kudzai Takavarasha: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A chapter in Running Randomized Evaluations: A Practical Guide, 2013 from Princeton University Press

Abstract: This book provides a comprehensive yet accessible guide to running randomized impact evaluations of social programs. Drawing on the experience of researchers at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, which has run hundreds of such evaluations in dozens of countries throughout the world, it offers practical insights on how to use this powerful technique, especially in resource-poor environments. This step-by-step guide explains why and when randomized evaluations are useful, in what situations they should be used, and how to prioritize different evaluation opportunities. It shows how to design and analyze studies that answer important questions while respecting the constraints of those working on and benefiting from the program being evaluated. The book gives concrete tips on issues such as improving the quality of a study despite tight budget constraints, and demonstrates how the results of randomized impact evaluations can inform policy. With its self-contained modules, this one-of-a-kind guide is easy to navigate. It also includes invaluable references and a checklist of the common pitfalls to avoid. Rachel Glennerster is executive director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kudzai Takavarasha holds degrees in chemical engineering and economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a policy manager at J-PAL from 2004 to 2012.

Keywords: Glennerster; R. and Takavarasha; K.; Running; Randomized; Evaluations; Practical; Guide; Economics; Political Science And International Relations; Princeton University Press (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
ISBN: 9780691159270
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