The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Observing the implementation of a social experiment

Walker, Robert; Hoggart, Lesley and Hamilton, Gayle (2008). Observing the implementation of a social experiment. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 4(3) pp. 183–203.

Full text available as:
Full text not publicly available (Version of Record)
Due to publisher licensing restrictions, this file is not available for public download
Click here to request a copy from the OU Author.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1332/174426408X355543
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

Large-scale, randomised social experiments remain rare in Britain despite random assignment being widely regarded as the gold-standard evaluative methodology. Random assignment involves randomly allocating potential programme recipients to one or more groups that receive a service and others that do not. One perceived impediment to randomised social experiments is the practical difficulty of implementing them in the field. This article reports on research on the implementation of the largest randomised social policy experiment yet undertaken in Britain - the Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) evaluation. Such 'evaluations of evaluations' rarely have been done within randomised experiments, and the article highlights some of the tensions between operational realities and research ambitions in such experiments and suggests ways that researchers can attempt to resolve these tensions in the context of real-world programmes and institutions.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2008 The Policy Press
ISSN: 1744-2648
Keywords: social experiments, random assignment, implementation, informed consent
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Related URLs:
Item ID: 38799
Depositing User: Christopher Biggs
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2012 14:07
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 20:56
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/38799
Share this page:

Metrics

Altmetrics from Altmetric

Citations from Dimensions

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU