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Making Random Assignment Happen: Evidence from the UK Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) Demonstration

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Publication Date: March 2006

Publisher(s): MDRC (Organization)

Author(s): Robert Walker; Lesley Hoggart; Gayle Hamilton; Susan Blank

Funder(s): Great Britain. Dept. for Work and Pensions

Funder(s): Great Britain. Dept. for Work and Pensions

Topic: Social conditions (Social research)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: United Kingdom; Anitpoverty Policy; Welfare-to-work

Type: Report

Coverage: Great Britain


The largest ever random assignment test of a social policy in Britain is being applied in a demonstration of the Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) program. This report, written by MDRC and British colleagues as part of a consortium of social policy research firms and produced for the UK Department for Work and Pensions, examines how well random assignment worked.