On the “How” of Social Experiments: Using Implementation Research to Get Inside the Black Box

Lawrence M. Mead

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    Implementation research supports impact evaluation by determining how programs have been carried out prior to evaluation, studying what internal features explain high and low performance in a program, and exploring possible new applications of a program model. Permission to interview staff and data availability may limit opportunities for implementation research. Evaluation cannot succeed alone but only as part of a broader process of governmental learning that includes implementation research.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)73-84
    Number of pages12
    JournalNew Directions for Evaluation
    Issue number152
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Strategy and Management
    • Management Science and Operations Research

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