Researchers conducting rigorous evaluations of social programs continue to push the methodological frontier. At the same time, some fundamentals of strong social experiments are under-attended. This forum, hosted by APPAM and Westat, will provide the best current thinking in three foundational areas, defining and measuring the right counterfactual, appraising intervention benefits pre-launch, and assuring site readiness and intervention fidelity. Presenters will share ideas of universal relevance to random assignment evaluations illustrated through employment assistance studies.
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