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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).
SRI developed and conducted a 4‑year process and outcome evaluation of an early childhood scholarship model in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
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.
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...
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.