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  1. BOOK LAUNCH: Randomized Control Trials in the Field of Development: A Critical Perspective

    10th December, 2020

    Have RCTs really “dramatically improved our ability to fight poverty in practice”? Which sorts of questions are they able to address and which do they fail to answer? Is causal explanation the only way to understand poverty, and do RCTs systematically manage to provide causal explanations? Are RCTs really a gold standard? What are the dangers in their misuse? Is the supremacy of experimentation in development economics, as commended by the Nobel jury, scientifically legitimate and politically desirable? This webinar to launch the book "Randomized Control Trials in the Field of Development: A Critical Perspective" presents a discussion with five representatives of the editors and authors.

  2. IDEAS Book Launch: Randomized Control Trials in the Field of Development: a critical perspective [Webinar]


    This webinar to launch the book Randomized Control Trials in the Field of Development: A Critical Perspective brings together five representatives of the books editors and authors for a discussion around some of the key ideas and contentious issues surrounding the use of RCTs in development.

  3. Randomised Controlled Trial

    RCT, Clinical Trial, Randomized Controlled Trial, Randomized Impact Evaluations

    Randomised controlled trials (RCTs), or randomised impact evaluations, are a type of impact evaluation which uses randomised access to social programmes as a means of limiting bias and generating an internally valid impact estimate.

    Also Available In: Español
  4. Week 47: Rumination #3: Fools' gold: the widely touted methodological "gold standard" is neither golden nor a standard

    4th December, 2014

    This week's post is an abbreviated version of a "rumination" from the 4th edition of Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods by Michael Quinn Patton, published in mid-November, 2014.

  5. UNICEF Webinar: Randomized Controlled Trials


    What are the key features of an RCT? Are RCTs really the gold standard? What ethical and practical issues do I need to consider before deciding to do an RCT?

    The fifth webinar in this series is presented by international evaluation expert and former Executive Director of 3ie, Dr Howard White.