Dr. Tom Cook: Guest lectures at the Institute of Behavioral Science at CU Boulder, October 13, 2017.

Co-sponsored by Blueprints For Healthy Youth Development (see Blueprints Programs website for more information) and the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder.


Policy talk: The evidence about evidence-based policy: How consistent are different clearinghouses on the standards for what warrants acceptable evidence?

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Technical talk: When quasi-experimental designs reliably reproduce estimates from randomized experiments on the same topics: Evidence from within-study comparisons, Regression Discontinuity Designs, Interrupted Time Series, and other nonequivalent control group designs.

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About Tom Cook:

Tom Cook is a Joan and Serepta Harrison Emeritus Professor of Ethics and Justice, and Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Psychology, Education, and Social Policy at Northwestern University (on leave). He is also Research Professor at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy. Dr. Cook is an internationally known scholar in the design and analysis of evaluation research, whole school reform, and contextual factors that influence adolescent development, particularly for urban minorities. He has published numerous books and articles on evaluation methodology, and received recognition from the Evaluation Research Society, the Policy Sciences Organization, the American Psychological Association, the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Dr. Cook has also served on or chaired multiple governmental and foundation workgroups focused on program evaluation and methodology.

At CU Boulder, Dr. Cook serves on the Advisory Board of Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development which is housed in the Institute of Behavioral Science. Blueprints is a web-based registry of programs proven to promote positive youth outcomes using guidelines that follow rigorous scientific standards. For information about Blueprints, please visit the Blueprints Programs website.