ESA-announce Reminder: Course on “Field Experiments and randomized controlled trials" at Essex, 29 Apr-1 May
REMINDER: there are still a few spaces left for Professor Peter John’s short course on Field Experiments and randomized controlled trials at the University of Essex, from 29 April to 1 May. See below for details.
About field experiments
Field experiments have become central in recent years to both social science and policy evaluation. Experiments allow researchers and practitioners to cleanly identify the effect of policies, from the small scale (e.g. the design of a web page), up to the massive (national government interventions in health, education and welfare), and in fields from voting behaviour to charitable giving and conflict prevention.
This 3 day course covers the whole process of implementing field experiments, from design, to running, to statistical evaluation of the results. Both practical and theoretical issues are dealt with, including: design, sampling and randomization; ethical issues; negotiating with partners and delivering experiments; dealing with attrition; statistical analysis. The curriculum is attached.
The course is suitable for both academic researchers and non-academics, including policy-makers, civil servants and others considering randomized interventions to evaluate policy.
There will be a guest lecture by Samuel Nguyen from the Behavioural Insights Team on Wednesday 30th April.
About the lecturer
Peter John is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at University College London. He is known for his work on the theory and practice of public policy, and is author of Analyzing Public Policy (Routledge 2012) and Making Policy Work (Routledge 2012). He is an expert in the use of randomized controlled trials to find out how to involve citizens in public decisions, many of which were presented in Nudge, Nudge, Think, Think: Experimenting with Ways to Change
Civic Behaviour (Bloomsbury 2011). He works as an academic advisor to the Behavioural Insights Team and is involved in a number of projects that seek to test behavioural insights with trials, such as whether mobile texts can improve payment of court fines, and on the use of photos to encourage car re-licensing.
Course fees will be:
– Essex/Eastern ARC* students and staff £200
– External students and academics £400
– External non-academics £550
* Eastern ARC includes the Universities of Essex, East Anglia and Kent. Essex PhD students can receive Proficio funding for this course.
To sign up
To sign up, please send the attached application form to Sara Godoy at sgodoy. There is a limit of 40 students on the course. Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis.