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Randomized Controlled Trials and Quasi-Experimental Designs

As education leaders determine the best use of limited public and private resources, making valid causal inferences about the effects of a policy or program is crucial. To assess the causal effects of policies and programs, SRI's education researchers use randomized controlled trials whenever possible.

When real-world constraints do not allow for random-assignment designs, our researchers draw on a methodological tool kit that includes regression discontinuity and interrupted time series designs as well as matching estimators (e.g., propensity score matching and Mahalanobis matching).

Projects

Evaluation of the New Leaders Emerging Leaders Program

SRI’s Evaluation of the New Leaders SEED Grant: Emerging Leaders. SRI will use a randomized controlled trial to assess effectiveness of the Emerging Leaders Program in supporting improved student learning outcomes.

Evaluation of College-Ready Writers Program-SEED

The ability to write well-reasoned, well-supported arguments is a key skill for success in college, career, and civic society. Yet most students in U.S. secondary schools lack proficiency in argument writing. The National Writing Project developed the College-Ready Writers Program (CRWP) to support...

Efficacy Study of an Integrated Digital Elementary School Mathematics Curriculum

SRI is conducting a multi-year study that examines whether and how an elementary digital math curriculum can improve student learning. The study involves about 3,500 fifth-grade students from 47 schools in the state of West Virginia.

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Study of University of California Early Academic Outreach Program

SRI’s study of the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP), the largest outreach program that the University of California operates to increase college-going opportunities for underserved student populations, included site visits to all 10 EAOP sites and an analysis of EAOP college outcomes relative...