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No Spin, Just Evidence

We seek to distinguish credible findings of program effectiveness from the many others that claim to be, through an easy-to-read, no-spin digest of recent program evaluation findings.

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An important—but fixable—flaw in the What Works Clearinghouse that can make ineffective programs appear effective (part three in a series)

Highlights: This report, like the previous one, offers constructive criticism of the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), a widely-cited repository of evidence on “what works” in education that has successfully advanced rigorous evidence standards but also has flaws that...

Yes, some blockbuster RCT findings successfully replicate: Per Scholas employment/training produces major earnings gains for low-income workers

Highlights: In social policy as in medicine, many positive initial research findings for a program or treatment are not reproduced in subsequent rigorous evaluations. The good news is that some important positive findings do reproduce. This report highlights a recent...
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