Applications Are Open for the 2020 Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials

Northwestern University, with a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Research (NCER), is accepting applications for the upcoming Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials.

The application deadline is Monday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Workshop details and application submission materials are available on the Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials webpage. Applications will be reviewed, and applicants will be notified of placement by Friday, May 1 via e-mail.

The Research Training Institute will be offered July 6 – July 16, 2020 in Evanston, Illinois. The Summer Training Institute aims 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.

 If you have questions about the 2020 RCT Summer Training Institute, please contact Valerie Lyne at