Call for applications: Expert workshop “Experimental designs in Social Policy Research: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats”

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Deadline for applications: 31 May 2020 
Information on applications: 30 June 2020

When: 10-11 September 2020 
Where: Stockholm, Sweden 

Experimental and quasi-experimental research designs have become more popular in social policy research, following the general trend in microeconomics and sociology of advocating social experiments as the main tool for studying causal effects. The strengths of a well-defined experiment are undeniable. Nonetheless, limitations also exist in terms of scalability, generalisability, inherent heterogeneity, the complexity of social policy programs, and the political and ethical reality. 

What types of questions are relevant in social policy research? When are experiments in social policy research well-motivated – or best avoided? How long should experi­ments last? Can all questions relevant to social policy research be answered (in practice and in principle) using experimental methods, or is there a continued need for other methods? 
This expert workshop will draw on the experiences of participants working with experimental or quasi-experimental designs in social policy research. 

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