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ERIC Number: ED513820
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing Randomized Controlled Trial Studies in Afterschool Settings: The State of the Field. Afterschool Research Brief. Issue No. 1
Vaden-Kiernan, Michael; Jones, Debra Hughes; Rudo, Zena
SEDL is providing analytic and technical support to three large-scale randomized controlled trials assessing the efficacy of promising literacy curriculum in afterschool settings on student academic achievement. In the field of educational research, competition among research organizations and researchers can often impede collaborative efforts in the field. One important aspect of the current work has been the creation of the SEDL Afterschool Research Consortium (ARC), which brings together SEDL researchers, key staff from each afterschool research project, and experts in the field to discuss and share accomplishments, challenges, and solutions. This unique arrangement allows a number of researchers with varied backgrounds and experience implementing rigorous research in afterschool settings to collaborate in applying best research practices in the field, to a set of ongoing studies to improve the current studies' efforts and address important challenges to the field of afterschool research. The ARC also plans to develop papers and presentations documenting the lessons learned in order to advance the effective use of rigorous experimental research approaches in applied afterschool settings. This research brief is the first in a series of papers that are intended to provide the field with the insights culled from this collaborative effort. The purpose of this research brief is to summarize the challenges that have been raised by the proposal review process and the implementation of these studies during the first year of the project. This research brief seeks to highlight challenges to the field of afterschool research as the need for rigorous approaches to addressing questions of program impact and efficacy in applied settings increases. (Contains 1 footnote.) [For the related reports, see "Key Issues and Strategies for Recruitment and Implementation in Large-Scale Randomized Controlled Trial Studies in Afterschool Settings. Afterschool Research Brief. Issue No. 2" (ED513821) and "The National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning Randomized Controlled Trial Studies of Promising Afterschool Programs: Summary of Findings. Afterschool Research Brief. Issue No. 3" (ED513822).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: SEDL
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Kentucky; Massachusetts; Texas; Utah