May 26, 2016

Short Course on RCT Methods

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The A2J Lab Research Team is developing a short (1 to 1.5-day) course for empirical researchers (and other scholars) to understand how RCT field operations can be applied to legal questions. Our initial session will take place in April 2018. Covered topics will include the following:

I. Fundamentals of RCTs: Definitions of key concepts and discussions of non-randomized studies that went wrong

II. Persuading Stakeholders: Discussing how to engage with players in the field who may not understand the benefits of randomization

III. Interacting with IRBs: Handling the process of drafting and obtaining approval for a research protocol

IV. Types of Outcomes and Measurement: Reviewing the various results of interests depending on the study’s purpose and design as well as where one might obtain the necessary data generated by the field experiment

V. Analytical Techniques: A non-quantitative overview of causal inference methods

VI. Common Problems: Conclusion with logistical and analytical obstacles of which field researchers should be aware

A provisional version of the course outline is available here; we would greatly appreciate comments, which can be sent to cgriffin[at]law.harvard.edu.