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Upcoming Training

Propensity Score Methods
Friday, October 13, 2017
UConn Hartford, HTB 217
9:30 – 3:30 PM

Social workers and other applied social scientists are increasingly called upon to evaluate programs and policies using data that are not generated from randomly control trials. One of the techniques that has been developed in recent years to address this issue is Propensity Score Methods (PSM). PSM facilitates outcome evaluation for human service program interventions through statistical adjustment when random assignment is not practical or possible. PSM is gaining acceptance as an important technique for quasi-experimental program evaluation. New statistical models and software (e.g., Stata PSM) have been developed to implement PSM. In addition, many recent peer reviewed publications have illustrated how this technique can be implemented by social worker researchers with data provided by human service agencies to evaluate programs and interventions. This 6-hour, hands-on PSM workshop will be led by Dr. Alan Ellis, assistant professor at North Carolina State University and an national expert on this technique. The workshop will involve interactive examples for participants and exposure to the latest computer software. It will be held on the Hartford campus of UConn School of Social Work and will be open to social work faculty and Ph.D. students, as well as to other interested applied quantitative social science researchers who are affiliated with UConn or the State of Connecticut.