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Learning About Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Design

Learning About Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Design

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Published by: wested-magnet-schools on Feb 03, 2009
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Practice:
Evaluate outcomes to show your program
is making a difference
Key Action:
Design the most rigorous evaluation possible
TOOL: Learning About Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Design
Purpose:

You need to examine the contextual issues in your district to
choose the most rigorous evaluation design appropriate for
your magnet school program. Watching this interview with
an expert evaluator and reflecting on the related questions
can be a starting point for identifying relevant contextual
issues and their implications for your evaluation design.

Instructions:
1. Read the following questions to review the ideas
presented in the interview.
2. Watch the interview posted on the \u201cEvaluate Outcomes\u201d
section of the Web site,
3.

Using the ideas presented in the interview and your
response to the questions, identify the contextual issues
involved in your own evaluation and complete the table
provided.

Questions for Consideration
1. What is a reason for using an experimental design in an evaluation?
2. What is \u201cselection bias\u201d and why is it important to consider in your evaluation design?
How does random assignment address \u201cselection bias\u201d?

3. If random assignment is not feasible, why is it important to have good student databefore
implementing the program and conducting an evaluation using quasi-experimental
methods?

4. What is meant by \u201cminimum sample size?\u201d Why is this important to consider?
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