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What Works, Under What Circumstances, and How?

Published: June 28, 2016
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In the fall of 2014, OPRE organized an Innovative Methods meeting to explore cutting-edge applications of methods and analytic techniques that can inform social program practice and policy. This brief summarizes the meeting and includes:

  • A description of the meeting topic
  • An overview of each panel
  • The meeting agenda
  • Information about other products that came out of the meeting.

The brief considers methods and designs that move beyond questions about whether or not programs and policies work, but also address questions about which particular parts work, under what circumstances, and how. You will also find potential steps to advance research that unpacks the “black box” of policy and program effects.

Last Reviewed: December 18, 2018