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Randomized Controlled Trials

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are widely considered the gold standard of health and social service effectiveness research. This pocket guide provides researchers and social service practitioners insight into each step of an RCT, from the initial stage of planning the RCT and developing its conceptual foundations through implementation. The authors provide a wealth of detail and case studies from social work practice research, as well as accessible, concrete advice about how to tackle the many design and implementation challenges that arise in community practice settings. Listed below are a few general resources that are mentioned in the text and should be useful for readers interested in learning more about RCTs—both their outcomes and how they are conducted.

Boruch, R. (1997). Randomized experiments for planning and evaluation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Campbell Collaboration: http://www.campbellcollaboration.org/

Cochrane Collaboration: http://www.cochrane.org/

CONSORT Statement: http://www.consort-statement.org

Nezu, A., & Nezu, C. (2008). Evidence-based outcome research. New York: Oxford University Press.


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