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Title:  A Randomized Experiment Using Absenteeism Information to "Nudge" Attendance
Description: Can a single postcard sent to guardians help reduce student absenteeism? This randomized controlled trial, conducted in collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia, shows that: (a) a single mail piece that encouraged guardians to improve their student's attendance reduced absences by roughly 2.4 percentage points; (b) there were no statistically significant differences between two types of messages in reducing student absences; and (c) the effect of the single mailing did not differ for students in grades K8 versus students in grades 912.
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Cover Date: February 2017
Web Release: February 7, 2017
Print Release: February 7, 2017
Publication #: REL 2017252
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Center/Program: REL
Associated Centers: NCEE
Authors: Todd Rogers: Harvard Kennedy School; Teresa Duncan: ICF International; Tonya Wolford: School District of Philadelphia; John Ternovski and Shruthi Subramanyam: Harvard Kennedy School; Adrienne Reitano: School District of Philadelphia
Type of Product: Making an Impact
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Amy Johnson.