Northwestern University professor giving two talks Oct. 13

Please join Thomas D. Cook, Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, for two talks Friday, Oct. 13.

Policy talk, 10:30 a.m. to noon
The evidence about evidence-based policy: How consistent are different clearinghouses on the standards for what warrants acceptable evidence? 

Technical talk, 1:30–3 p.m.
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.

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 has served on or chaired multiple workgroups focused on program evaluation and methodology.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Please email

Friday, Oct. 13
Institute of Behavioral Science, room 155