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The Data Are In: Experiments In Policy Are Worth It


Great post. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Our high school tried a randomized intervention just this year. Data is still coming in, but I don't think it "worked." Some of our stakeholders believed it was working, so the randomization will help the very least, we'll tinker with the intervention, and continue to proceed cautiously.

Interesting article, thank you. What is considered to be a "long survey" that would require putting the questions in different order?

I don't know. I'd like to see your assertions tested in a randomized controlled trial. Let's pick 100 policy ideas, then randomly assign them to be evaluated using experimental and non-experimental research designs. Which ever group has a higher uptake rate will be the winner.


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