National and International Perspectives on
Place-Based Randomized Trials in Education

Kimmel Center
Rooms 905-907

60 Washington Square South (at LaGuardia Place)

IHDSC's second annual conference convened on Friday, October 3rd.  At this year's conference, we examined the opportunities and challenges posed by place-based randomized trials in educational research.  Place-based randomized trials offer the promise of assessing the impact of educational policies, with the recognition that both schools and children are embedded in community settings characterized by extensive observed and unobserved heterogeneity.  The conference focused on randomized trials from both national and international perspectives, with a balanced focus on both the theoretical and pragmatic issues involved.


Welcome and Opening Remarks
Cybele Raver
Director of IHDSC, Applied Psychology, NYU

Theoretical Frameworks and Tradeoffs for Place-Randomized Trials
Thomas D. Cook
Sociology, Northwestern University
Three Conditions Under Which Experiments and Observational Studies Produce Comparable Causal Estimates: New Findings from Within-Study Comparisons

Edward Seidman
Senior Vice President, William T. Grant Foundation
Applied Psychology, NYU
Social Settings and Randomized Cluster Trials: Journey of the William T. Grant Foundation

Richard Arum
Sociology and Education, NYU


International Perspectives on Place-Randomized Trials in Education
Dana Burde
International Education, NYU
Panacea or Straitjacket?
A Qualitative Researcher Reflects on a Randomized Trial in Afghanistan

Hiro Yoshikawa
Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education
The Experimental Evaluation of Un Buen Comienzo: An Initiative to Improve the Quality of Preschool Education in Chile

Lawrence Aber
Applied Psychology, NYU
(view slides here)

Lunch Buffet
Room 909

National Perspectives on Place-Randomized Trials in Education
Pamela Morris
Director, Policy Area on Family Well-Being and Children's Development, MDRC
Designing a National Place-Based Trial: Head Start CARES

Jens Ludwig
Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy, University of Chicago Law School
Individual vs. Group Randomized Trials

Amy Ellen Schwartz
Director of IESP; Public Policy, Education, and Economics, NYU
(view slides here)

Coffee/Snack Break

When People and Places Elude or Resist Randomization- The Pragmatic Challenges of Place-Randomized Trials
Joshua L. Brown
Psychology, Fordham University
School Selection and Randomization for a School RCT of a Universal Social-Emotional Learning and Literacy Intervention

Frederick Morrison
Psychology and Education, University of Michigan
Intervention as Theory Testing: An Example from Early Literacy

LaRue Allen
Applied Psychology, NYU

Closing Remarks
Cybele Raver
Director of IHDSC, Applied Psychology, NYU