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Summer Research Training Institute: Design, Implementation, and Analysis of Within-Study Comparisons: August 13–17, 2012

Objective: The National Center for Education Research (NCER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education announces a Summer Research Training Institute on the Design, Implementation, and Analysis of Within-Study Comparison which is intended to increase the national capacity of researchers to develop and conduct rigorous evaluations of the impact of education interventions.
Type: Training
Dates: August 13–17, 2012

Northwestern University; Evanston, IL
The Training Institute will be held at the Norris Center on the campus of Northwestern University. Northwestern University is located on the shore of Lake Michigan in the town of Evanston, just north of Chicago. Institute participants will be housed at the Hilton Garden Inn. The hotel is located within walking distance of Northwestern University.

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Course Content: The course sessions will provide intensive training on designing, implementing, and analyzing within-study comparisons.

The course will enable participants to:

  • use state-of-the-art tools for designing, implementing, and analyzing their own within-study comparisons,
  • plan higher quality (and more internally valid) WSCs,
  • increase their understanding of the methodological underpinnings of WSCs.

For more information about the course content, please view the workshop schedule.

Training Institute Sponsor: Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research, with a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, is providing support for this Summer Training Institute.
Eligibility Requirements and Selection Criteria for Training Institute Fellows:
  1. Applicants should have a doctoral degree (Ph.D., Ed.D.) and experience conducting research relevant to education, though a few senior graduate students will also be admitted.
  2. Applicants should have upper-level knowledge in statistics or econometrics (e.g. multiple regression, including OLS, logit, probit), and experience with causal research designs such as regression-discontinuity, interrupted time series, and non-equivalent comparison group matching designs.
  3. Applicants for travel and lodging scholarships must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status).
  4. Preference will be given to individuals who (a) have demonstrated their ability to conduct independent research, (b) are currently employed in a setting in which conducting research relevant to education is part of their regular responsibilities, and (c) can demonstrate that they have a need for the knowledge and skills addressed in the Training Institute. Each application will be evaluated on its own merits. If more than 120 meritorious applications are received, other criteria such as disciplinary, geographical, and institutional diversity will be taken into account.

Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Researchers are encouraged to apply if they work in universities, school districts, research institutions, and the Federal government.

If selected for participation in the Summer Training Institute, individuals who require reasonable accommodations for disabilities should contact Valerie Lyne at Northwestern University.

Costs and Stipends: Northwestern University will pay the cost for attendees' tuition during the week. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and lodging costs. A discounted rate has been negotiated at a local hotel. In a few cases, it will be possible to cover all travel and lodging costs for those attendees who demonstrate a special need.
Application Procedures: If you are interested in attending the Summer Training Institute, please use the link below to submit the following materials:
  1. A copy of your curriculum vitae.
  2. A 1–page statement of interest.
  3. A completed application form: the blank form is available at

Submit Completed Applications by email or mail to:
Ms. Valerie Lyne
Institute for Policy Research
Northwestern University
2040 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-4100

All applications must be received no later than Monday, May 14, 2012.

Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified no later than Friday, June 1, 2012 via e-mail. Selected applicants will receive the Summer Training Institute course schedule and information about lodging.

Contact Information:

Design, Implementation, and Analysis of Within-Study Comparison Training Institute inquiries:
Ms. Valerie Lyne
Institute for Policy Research
Northwestern University
2040 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-4100