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ERIC Number: EJ1013349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1097-6736
Thinking outside the Randomized Controlled Trials Experimental Box: Strategies for Enhancing Credibility and Social Justice
Hesse-Biber, Sharlene
New Directions for Evaluation, n138 p49-60 Sum 2013
Some evaluators employ randomized controlled trials (RCTs) as the gold standard of evidence-based practice (EBP). Critics of RCT designs argue that RCTs do not include the complexity of program participants' experiences or clinical expertise, and couple this with criticisms that it is difficult to transfer RCT findings from the laboratory to the real world of clinical practice. The evaluation questions applied to RCT designs often exclude issues related to participants' gender, race, class, and other differences, furthering the stereotyping process (Rogers & Ballantyne, 2009). I argue that weaving in a subjectivist methodology and shifting methodological perspectives and methods into RCT-based evaluations prior to, during, or after the RCT design serves to enhance the credibility and social-justice RCT praxis. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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