Free software that makes it easier to use research evidence to evaluate programs.
Figure out what works in any policy field.
Meeting the Demand for Evidence
Decision makers who implement program changes, from new curricula to the latest technology, often demand evidence of their effectiveness. RCT-YES™ enables those with a basic understanding of statistics and research design to conduct and report on impact studies. No programming knowledge is required.
Answering the Key Questions
Anyone can use the free, easy-to-use software for many kinds of research designs—including the most rigorous random assignment design—as long as a comparison group exists. RCT-YES™ estimates impacts that address the following questions:
- What are average effects of the intervention on a given outcome?
- Do intervention effects differ for key subgroups of people?
Who Should Use RCT-YES™ and for What?
The goal behind the software is to involve state and local program administrators as scientific investigators who contribute to knowledge about what works. The reports are based on new, state-of-the-art methods.
RCT-YES™ can help decision makers understand the effectiveness of implementing program changes, such as adopting new curricula, deploying new technology in classrooms, or introducing summer reading programs. For example, a school district might invite a group of teachers to participate in training on a new classroom technology and use RCT-YES™ to analyze whether the invitation increased usage of the technology and, if so, whether it improved outcomes for students. The results can be used for What Works Clearinghouse evidence reviews.
RCT-YES™ could serve to analyze an intervention in which American Job Centers randomly assign customers to receive either a new job search assistance approach or an existing approach to determine which group has a higher percentage of people who obtain jobs.
RCT-YES™ could help decision makers evaluate an effort to train health care providers on how to engage and coach patients in self-care by comparing the health outcomes of patients of practices that use this approach with those of practices that do not.
RCT-YES™ could enable a state child welfare agency to understand the effectiveness of a new service by examining data on children’s safety after rolling out the new service to half of the state’s offices on a random basis.