Executive Forum with Professor Michael J. Hiscox
The Applying Randomised Controlled Trials for Program & Policy Evaluation provides an extensive introduction to conducting randomised controlled trials, the gold standard method for assessing the true impacts of programs and policies.
What is a randomised control trial (RCT)?
In an RCT, researchers allocate an intervention or treatment by selecting program participants and non- participants by random assignment and then compare the differences in subsequent outcomes across the groups in the study.
Leading empirical research across the social sciences in the past 10 years has been increasingly dominated by RCTs, and this methodology is now revolutionising the way government agencies approach policies in the key areas of health, education, welfare and poverty alleviation.