How to Design Research to Evaluate Programs
Center for the Study of Law and Society
Miniseries in Empirical Research Methods
Friday, April 3, 2009, 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Lunch to follow.
Assistant Professor of Law and Economics
University of California, Berkeley
This workshop considers how to design research to evaluate programs by focusing on a particular example, the EBCLC Clean Slate Program. The Clean Slate program is a program run by East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) that seeks to help individuals through the legal process of clearing a conviction from their criminal record. I discuss some of the ongoing plans for evaluation of this program, including alternative experimental and quasi-experimental research designs; data requirements and sampling strategies, including the possible use of administrative data; threats to successful implementation; threats to the validity of inferences drawn, even if successfully implemented; and the utility of knowledge emerging from such an evaluation.