Social Experimentation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125881500, 9781483269955

Social Experimentation

1st Edition

a Method for Planning and Evaluating Social Intervention

Editors: Henry W. Riecken Robert F. Boruch
eBook ISBN: 9781483269955
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1974
Page Count: 358
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Social Experimentation: A Method for Planning and Evaluating Social Intervention summarizes the available knowledge about how randomized experiments might be used in planning and evaluating ameliorative social programs. The book presents various aspects of social experimentation - design, measurement, execution, sponsorship, and utilization of results. Chapters are devoted to topics on experimentation as a method of
program planning and evaluation; experimental design and analysis; institutional and political factors in social experimentation; and aspects of time and institutional capacity. Sociologists will find the book a valuable piece of reference.

Table of Contents





I Experimentation as a Method of Program Planning and Evaluation

II Why and When to Experiment

Why Experiment?

When to Experiment

III Experimental Design and Analysis

Components of an Experiment

Experimental Error


Reducing Random Error

How Big Should an Experiment Be?

Statistical Analysis

IV Quasi-Experimental Designs

Regression-Discontinuity Design

Comparison Group and Time Series Designs


V Measurement in Experiments

Response Variables

Measurement of Treatment Conditions

Measurement of Initial Conditions

The Roles of Social Indicators and Archival Data Systems

VI Execution and Management

Negotiating Design Objectives and Procedures

Implementing the Research Design

Preserving the Integrity of the Design

Data Collection

Dissemination and Preparation for Utilization

VII Institutional and Political Factors in Social Experimentation

Organizational Roles in Social Experimentation

Functions, Characteristics, and Potential Actors for Organizational Roles

Political Aspects of Experimentation


VIII Human Values and Social Experimentation

Ethical Problems

Confidentiality and Disclosure of Identity

Ensuring Confidentiality and Data Access


Time Perspective

Institutional Capacity


Illustrative Controlled Experiments for Planning and Evaluating Social Programs

Experiments in Delinquency and Criminal Reform

Experimental Tests of Law-Related Programs and Procedures

Experimental Tests of Rehabilitative Programs in Mental Health

Experimental Assessment of Special Education Programs

Sociomedical and Fertility Control Experiments

Appraisals of the Effectiveness of Communication Methods

Experimental Tests of Methods for Data Collection, Transmission, and Retrieval

Experiments in Research Utilization

Economic Experiments


Author Index

Subject Index


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Henry W. Riecken

Robert F. Boruch

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