How to Help More Americans Get Jobs and Earn More: The WIA Gold Standard Evaluation

Recently published evaluation results found that not all approaches to helping unemployed Americans find work were equally effective. Intensive services lead to higher earnings, but more time is needed to determine the medium-term impact.

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The West African Apparel Advantage

This week, West African clothing makers are in Las Vegas for the world's largest apparel trade show to promote the Africa Advantage brand. Their growth and success has been helped by the USAID-funded West Africa Trade and Investment Hub.

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Categories: Economic Growth

The Ethics of Experimental Evaluations, Things You Can Learn From Randomized Experiments, and More

Abt evaluation experts Stephen Bell and Laura Peck examine concerns about social experiments and provide ways to avoid common pitfalls.

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Performance Measurement? Proceed with Caution

A theme of the "New Management" is to better measure government performance and, in particular, the performance of individual workers. However, one must carefully weigh the costs and benefits of performance measurement.

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Blockchain Solutions for the Poor

Blockchain networks, which allow people to transparently exchange money and valuable information digitally without central administration, are poised to reshape society in the next decade.

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The World Development Report Is Powerful – but Is It Memorable?

In 1926, John Maynard Keynes said that "everything is politics, nothing is policies." Has the World Bank has discovered this truth for itself? What does the 2017 World Development Report say about governance, politics and power?

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Common Core Revisions: What Are States Really Changing?

Betsy DeVos' nomination for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education has reenergized some time-tested education policy debates, including the Common Core State Standards. One of the most persistent questions is about revisions to the standard.

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Categories: Education

Inclusion Matters for All Students

More than half of students who are classified as having an intellectual disability are educated in classrooms segregated from their non-disabled peers. It doesn't have to be this way.

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Categories: Education

Internal versus External Validity in Rigorous Policy Impact Evaluations: Do We Have to Choose?

Can researchers give policymakers the right information about what is and is not working for the nation as a whole, especially when research is limited to select pockets of the country? This is not as impossible as it sounds.

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Black Boxes, the Counterfactual, and Bringing Order to RCTs

Abt evaluation experts are engaged in discussions to advance the leading edge of evaluation methods. Recently, Laura Peck and Allan Porowski shared insights on the American Evaluation Association blog AEA365.

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