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Reflection and wrap-up Day 2

Deanna Ford
Associate Director Evidence for Policy Design Harvard University
August 28, 2012

Day 2 - Reflection
Randomization provides best estimate of counterfactual and the true program effect by creating two groups that can be considered the same in every way except for receiving the intervention A large sample size is necessary to have similar treatment and control groups How to select method and unit of randomization Threats such as attrition and spillovers need to be identified so that they can be dealt with Randomization can be used to test the design of policy/programs to be more effective and costeffective