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Failing in the Field: What We Can Learn When Field Research Goes Wrong Hardcover – Illustrated, October 18, 2016

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"Highly recommended."---Karen Shook, Times Higher Education


"When we read about a successful program that mitigates poverty or improves health, we seldom consider how much work went into its evaluation and how many ways the process could go wrong. Drawing on their own and others' extensive experience in the field, Karlan and Appel provide vivid examples of failure to help future evaluators avoid common pitfalls."―Paul Brest, Stanford Law School

"This unusual and refreshing book is a good complement to the existing literature on impact evaluation and documents the practical issues involved in implementing randomized control trials. The authors look at real examples of what goes wrong in the field and provide a nice framework for thinking about how to avoid failures."―Rachel Glennerster, coauthor of Running Randomized Evaluations

"Using a rich set of examples, Failing in the Field describes failures that occur because the design or implementation of a research study does not yield data that can answer the questions it was intended to. By showing that mistakes in research design can be systematic, this book could benefit many students before they embark on their own studies. It was a pleasure to read."―Karla Hoff, World Bank

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  • Item Weight : 0.988 ounces
  • Hardcover : 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780691161891
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0691161891
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press; Illustrated edition (October 18, 2016)
  • Dimensions : 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 0691161895
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