ERIC Number: ED457236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Extending the Reach of Randomized Social Experiments: New Directions in Evaluations of American Welfare-to-Work and Employment Initiatives. MDRC Working Papers on Research Methodology.
Riccio, James A.; Bloom, Howard S.
Random assignment experiments are widely used in the United States to test the effectiveness of new social interventions. This paper discusses several major welfare-to-work experiments, highlighting their evaluation from simple "black box" tests of single interventions to multi-group designs used to compare alternative interventions or to isolate the effects of components of an intervention. The paper also discusses new efforts to combine experimental and nonexperimental analyses in order to test underlying program theories and maximize the knowledge gained about the effectiveness of social programs. Researchers and policymakers in Britain may find this variety of approaches useful to consider as they debate an expanded role for social experiments. (Contains 46 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Russell Sage Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United States