A Selection of Recent Evaluation and Methods Publications
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A Selection of Recent Evaluation and Methods Publications
Fall 2014 

New White Paper: Evaluation Choices and Challenges for SNAP E&T Pilot Projects

Jacob Alex Klerman

The 2014 Farm Bill (Agriculture Act of 2014, H.R. 2642) includes $200 million for up to 10 three-year pilots in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) “to reduce dependency and increase work requirements and work effort.” The Farm Bill also requires an evaluation of these initiatives. This White Paper considers several issues related to the evaluation of the employment and training pilots.
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Regression Discontinuity Design in Criminal Justice Evaluation: An Introduction and Illustration

William Rhodes and Sarah Kuck Jalbert

Corrections agencies frequently place offenders into risk categories, within which offenders receive different levels of supervision and programming. This supervision strategy is seldom evaluated but often can be through routine use of a regression discontinuity design (RDD). This article argues that RDD provides a rigorous and cost-effective method for correctional agencies to evaluate and improve supervision strategies and advocates for using RDD routinely in corrections administration. The objective is to better employ correctional resources.
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Bias and Bias Correction in Multisite Instrumental Variables Analysis of Heterogeneous Mediator Effects

Sean F. Reardon, Fatih Unlu, Pei Zhu, Howard Bloom

The authors explore the use of instrumental variables (IV) analysis with a multisite randomized trial to estimate the effect of a mediating variable on an outcome in cases where it can be assumed that the observed mediator is the only mechanism linking treatment assignment to outcomes, an assumption known in the IV literature as the exclusion restriction.
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Calculating Long-Run Impacts of Social Programs with Staggered Implementation

Stephen Bell, M.C. Bradley

When measuring the causal impacts of policy interventions, evaluators often contrast samples with and without the intervention tracked longitudinally. This article considers what happens when the without-intervention portion of the sample begins to be treated with the intervention part way through the follow-up period.
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Prominent Methodologist Joins Abt Associates

Allan W. Porowski, a leading expert in the design and implementation of a wide range of state-of-the-art research methods, has joined the Social and Economic Policy Division of Abt Associates as a principal associate. In this role, Porowski is supporting the design, execution, and analysis of national cross-site evaluations, quasi-experimental studies, and randomized controlled trials of education, health, and other social interventions.
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APPAM Fall 2014 Research Conference
November 6-8, 2014 | Albuquerque, NM 

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference is focused on how public policy can address challenges such as climate change, the lingering effects of the Great Recession, growth in the demand for educated workers, rising health care costs, and increased economic, political, and social inequality. Abt Associates staff will discuss child care quality and child outcomes, programs to reduce pregnancies among adolescents, and improving employment training programs, among other issues. Abt also will host a workshop on protecting sensitive data and three roundtable discussions on evaluation methodology.

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