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NCJ Number: 38151 Find in a Library
Title: ON COMMON CONTENTIONS ABOUT RANDOMIZED FIELD EXPERIMENTS (FROM EVALUATION STUDIES REVIEW ANNUAL, V 1, 1976 BY GENE V GLASS - SEE NCJ-38147)
Author(s): R F BORUCH
Corporate Author: Sage Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 37
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS ARTICLE OFFERS A REBUTTAL OF THE CIRTICISM THAT RANDOMIZED FIELD EXPERIMENTS ARE IMPOSSIBLE, IMPRACTICAL, AND USELESS.
Abstract: CRITICS OFTEN HOLD THAT RANDOMIZED FIELD EXPERIMENTS ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO IMPLEMENT IN THE 'REAL WORLD'; THAT THEY ARE EXPENSIVE AND SLOW; THAT THEY CAN BE REPLACED BY STATISTICAL ADJUSTMENT OF NONEXPERIMENTAL DATA; AND THAT THEY ARE UNETHICAL. THIS ARTICLE EXAMINES FOUR BROAD CLASSES OF CRITICISM IN LIGHT OF THE AUTHOR'S EXPERIENCE IN ACCUMULATING VALID INFORMATION ABOUT PROGRAM EFFECTS. THE CRITICISMS BEAR ON FEASIBILITY, SCOPE, USEFULNESS, AND ETHICALITY OF RANDOMIZED EXPERIMENTS FOR EVALUATING SOCIAL PROGRAMS. THROUGH THIS REBUTTAL THE AUTHOR OFFERS SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT OF RANDOMIZED FIELD EXPERIMENTS.
Index Term(s): Critiques; Evaluation; Evaluation techniques; Research design; Research methods
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