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A Regression-Based Strategy for Defining Subgroups in a Social Experiment

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Publication Date: June 2001

Publisher(s): MDRC (Organization)

Author(s): James J. Kemple; James C. Snipes; Howard S. Bloom

Funder(s): United States. Dept. of Education; Pew Charitable Trusts

Funder(s): United States. Dept. of Education; Pew Charitable Trusts

Topic: Social conditions (Social research)

Keywords: Research Methodology

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Many evaluations of education, employment and training, and other programs ask not only "what works?" but "what works for whom?" Addressing the latter question calls for analyses of program effects on different subgroups of people. Using data from MDRC's evaluation of Career Academies, this paper from the MDRC methodology series describes a regression-basedstrategy for defining subgroups that is more systematic than traditional accumulation strategies.