The lecture poses crucial questions such as: What is the value for social policy evaluation of the randomised controlled trial (RCT), a model of experimentation drawn from the natural sciences? Will this initiate “a revolution in the production and use of evidence”, to quote Ben Goldacre, or do different circumstances call for different approaches? What are the issues in the use of RCTs for evaluating social policy?
Speakers at the lecture were Leon Feinstein, director of evidence at the Early Intervention Foundation and Jeremy Hardie, London School of Economics, author, economist and lecturer.
The event was chaired by Patrick Sturgis, professor of research methodology at the University of Southampton and Director of National Centre for Research Methods (part of ESRC/Economic and Science Research Council).
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