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IES Grant

Title: RCT Training Institute
Center: NCER Year: 2011
Principal Investigator: Konstantopoulos, Spyros Awardee: Michigan State University
Program: Methods Training for Education Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 2 years Award Amount: $544,556
Goal: Training Award Number: R305U110001

Co-Principal Investigator: Larry Hedges

Well-executed randomized experiments provide the strongest evidence about causal effects of educational interventions, products, and services. Consequently, they have a crucial role to play in establishing a base of knowledge for the improvement and reform of American education. Yet the number of individuals with the knowledge and experience necessary to design, implement, analyze, and interpret randomized field experiments in education is surprisingly small. A training institute aimed at faculty and others employed in carrying out education research can play a crucial role in complementing the efforts of IES to build capacity within the education science community to carry out randomized field experiments. To that end, the major goal of the project is to hold a summer research training institute on cluster-randomized designs during each year of the grant. The training institute will be modeled after the 2008–2011 IES Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials. Each of the training institutes will have 30 participants and will take place over two weeks during the summer at Northwestern University.

** This project was submitted to and funded as an Unsolicited application in FY 2011.