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IES-PIRT Proseminar Series: Dr. Brooks Bowden

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12:00pm-1:30pm ET
Online Event

Dr. Brooks Bowden of the University of Pennsylvania will present as part of the IES-PIRT Proseminar series.

Simplifying the Design of Cost-Effectiveness Research in Field Experiments

Abstract: Experimental evaluations are the “gold standard” of evidence (US Department of Education, 2003). However, evaluations without an analysis of costs are not sufficient for policymaking (Monk, 1995; Ross, Barkaoui, & Scott, 2007). The ingredients method (Levin, 1975; Levin, et al., 2018) is widely accepted as a rigorous approach to evaluate costs. Funding organizations now require cost-effectiveness in most evaluations. Yet, there is little guidance on how to integrate research on costs into an evaluation. As a result, research proposals and papers are disjointed in the treatment of costs, implementation, and effects. To address this issue, this paper uses common evaluation frameworks to provide guidance on designing evaluations that integrate research on costs with the study of effects.

The Institute of Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program is an interdisciplinary fellowship program designed to train students of diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences. In addition to funding doctoral students from the seven affiliated departments across NYU the program includes a proseminar series. The series brings together presentations by both NYU and external experts who will help to introduce, reintroduce, and consolidate students' advanced understanding of the concepts of internal, external, construct, and statistical validity.

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions are scheduled at 12:00pm-1:30pm virtually via Zoom. For Zoom links, please email with the date you wish to attend.

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