"This report has been funded, either wholly or in part, with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration under Contract Number AF-12985-000-03-30."
Includes bibliographical references (p. 48-51).
This paper considers the pros and cons of using randomized trials to improve the effectiveness of workforce policies. A randomized trial offers researchers a convincing benchmark for measuring program effectiveness. An experiment allows us to answer a question that is usually unanswerable in nonexperimental studies: How would people enrolled in the tested program have fared if that had not been offered services under the program?