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Implementation Research in RCT Evaluations

  • American University 4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20016 United States (map)

Location: Ward Circle Building, Room T6

ORGANIZERS:

  • Carolyn Hill, MDRC
  • Rekha Balu, MDRC
  • David Greenberg, MDRC
  • Michelle Manno, MDRC

The learning objectives for workshop participants are:

Participants will learn the core questions typically addressed by implementation research in the context of randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluations;

  • Participants will learn how technical assistance and monitoring data can help document the quality of service delivery and identify implementation challenges;
  • Participants will learn a framework for understanding program modifications as either intentional or unintentional adaptation of a program model;
  • Participants will learn a framework for articulating and describing service contrast (i.e., the difference in services received by treatment group participants compared with those received by control group participants).

Increasingly, policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels are requiring or encouraging the use of "evidence-based" programs and practices. These developments are of central interest to our community of public management researchers --- both for understanding the evidence base of programs being implemented by the organizations we study (and whether and how they adapt evidence-based programs), and for understanding possibilities for further research in these settings.