ERIC Number: EJ732053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
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Randomized Social Policy Experiments and Research on Child Development
Romich, Jennifer L.
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, v27 n2 p136-150 Mar-Apr 2006
Randomized social policy experiments (SPEs) are an important methodology for investigating topics in child development. This article provides a framework for understanding how evidence from SPEs can add to knowledge about child development. The use of SPEs for child development questions to date is summarized and lessons from the applied economics and policy studies literature on the advantages and limitations of experimental data are reviewed. Four principles from the developmental psychology literature are presented with implications for the interpretation of experimental data. A framework for applying SPE evidence on child development must consider that development depends on proximal causes, that development is nonlinear, that processes vary across and within populations and that change has a developmental cost. Design considerations and trade-offs between ideal design and other stakeholder goals are discussed.
Descriptors: Child Development, Research Methodology, Economics, Developmental Psychology, Public Policy, Research Design, Models, Social Behavior
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