ERIC Number: EJ1070833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Getting out the Vote with Evaluative Thinking
Bhatti, Yosef; Dahlgaard, Jens Olav; Hansen, Jonas H.; Hansen, Kasper M.
American Journal of Evaluation, v36 n3 p389-400 Sep 2015
Democratic institutions often do not evaluate their instruments. By working closely with authorities, we developed a field experiment to examine an initiative to increase voter turnout among 18-year-olds that had not previously been evaluated. Particular attention was paid to developing an appropriate program theory and to designing the evaluation in a manner that was consistent with legal and ethical requirements. The program distributed different versions of mobilization letters to the newly enfranchised voters. The treatment effect was positive on turnout and diminished the gap in turnout across population groups, and the effects of the treatments were strongest for individuals with the lowest initial propensity to vote. Cost-effectiveness analysis indicated that the price of an additional vote was approximately USD$136. Our findings influenced policy design and helped establish the principle of evaluative thinking as an integrated part of the future program.
Descriptors: Voting, Citizen Participation, Political Campaigns, Adolescents, Evaluative Thinking, Cost Effectiveness, Policy Formation, Elections, Field Studies, Experiments, Outcomes of Education, Foreign Countries
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