ERIC Number: ED323650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Implementation of Randomized Methods of Subject Assignment in Field Settings: Empirical Findings and the Evaluation of the "Here's Looking at You, 2000" Program.
Pollard, John A.
The implementation of research design in studies on substance abuse education is discussed in this meta-analysis. Findings indicate that the quality of research design is constrained by negative feedback from evaluation stakeholders. This finding is applied to an evaluation of the Here's Looking at You, 2000 drug education program currently underway in California. A conclusion is that the evaluation enterprise, particularly when it concerns the method of subject assignment, is influenced by various mutually antagonistic social and political factors that result in methodological compromise. Seemingly contradictory recommendations for researchers are to adhere to more rigorous evaluation methods and to maintain realistic expectations. A goal is the development of a randomization process that is robust against indifference, incompetence, and corruption. Four statistical tables are included. (12 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.; Haynes Foundation.; Russell Sage Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).