IES Cluster-Randomized Trials Summer Institute

I did this several years ago, it was a great experience:

Northwestern University, with a grant from the National Center for Education Research (NCER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, is providing support for the 2018 Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials.

The tenth Summer Training Institute’s aim is to increase the national capacity of researchers to develop and conduct rigorous evaluations of the impact of education interventions. The course sessions will provide intensive training on planning, implementing, and analyzing data for cluster-randomized trials.

The course will enable participants to:

  • Describe the principles underlying randomized experiments and their advantages for making causal inferences.
  • Understand the hierarchical structure of populations in education (students nested in classes nested in schools) and its implications for study design and analysis of data.
  • Select appropriate measures for assessing outcomes, describing implementation fidelity, and capturing process variables.
  • Acquire knowledge and strategies for designing and conducting a cluster-randomized trial.

Principal Investigator, Larry Hedges, will lead the workshop.

Dates:  July 30–August 9, 2018

Location:  Northwestern University

Application materials should be submitted online at:

Applications should be received by Friday, March 30, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of placement by Monday, April 30, 2018, via e-mail.

If you have questions about the 2018 RCT Summer Training Institute, please contact Valerie Lyne at