Short Courses

Experimental & quasi-experimental evaluation

8th March 2011 to 9th March 2011

Dates: 08-09/03/2011  

This two day introductory course is for government and other policy-related social researchers and analysts who want to know more about experimental and quasi-experimental methods, and how to use them effectively in government and policy-related research and evaluation.

Tutor: Prof John Micklewright


  • Develop a better understanding of the use of experimental and quasi-experimental methods in research and evaluation
  • Provide understanding of Randomised Controlled Trials and examples of where used in government
  • Provide an intuitive introductory understanding of quasi experimental methods including matched designs, difference in differences, instrumental variables)
  • Appreciate the strengths and limitations of experimental and quasi-experimental methods of research and evaluation
  • Appreciate the relationship between experimental and quasi-experimental designs and other methods of research and evaluation
  • Appreciate some of the practical and technical issues associated with experimental and quasi-experimental studies.
  • Provide introductory understanding of quasi experimental approaches as foundation which can be built on with detailed knowledge and hands-on experience in Economic Evaluation and Appraisal course.

What previous students said about this course:

  • Very engaging and informative tutor. Made the learning fun and thought provoking.
  • A very good course. One of the best I have done.

Venue: Institute of Education

Cost: £525

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is offering training bursaries up to £1,000 to enable staff in the UK social science community engaged in research, teaching research methods or supervising research to update their skills. Contract researchers working in HEIs are also eligible for the bursaries. Please note that the bursary scheme is open for applications throughout the year i.e. there are no deadlines for applications. Find here further information about the bursaries and to apply 

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