methods, program evaluation

When the intervention affects the entire population: Interrupted Time Series

May 02, 2018 | Pieta Blakely

Most program evaluations depend on comparing people who did participate in our program to people who didn't. But how can we measure the effects of a program that affects everyone in a population? How can we understand whether installing murals in our downtown area has increased traffic to local ...

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methods, program evaluation

Randomized Control Trials: Really Gold?

March 14, 2018 | Pieta Blakely

A randomized control trial (RCT) is a study design in which participants are divided into two groups and one of those groups is given an intervention (the treatment group) while the other is not (the control group). It's often referred to as "the gold standard" for research design. But for the ...

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survey, methods, program evaluation

I’ve been gathering data in the field. How do I know when I’m done?

February 08, 2018 | Pieta Blakely

Professional program evaluators always start a study with a sampling plan. But program managers and other professionals often find themselves gathering data in a less structured way. We often need to gather feedback or input from the community without developing a research plan in advance. For ...

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