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Selected Case

published: 30 Oct 2017

  • Topic: Responsibility
  • Industry: Education
  • Region: North America

This case describes a policy maker who is reviewing evidence on the financial and social impact of giving low-income families access to high-quality preschools. In doing so, the case presents details of the oft-cited Perry Preschool study, which used a randomized experiment design for impact evaluation and cost-benefit analysis of one such programme.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case sheds light on impact evaluation, focusing on how to use a rigorous randomized experiment approach (also called randomized control trials or RCTs). It also serves as a basis for discussing cost-benefit analysis and social returns on investment for interventions like high-quality preschools. It is suitable for courses on public policy, sustainable development, nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship, impact investing and research design.

Impact Evaluation, Social Impact, Public Policy, Social Returns on Investment, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Preschool Education, Outcome Measurement, Social Inclusion, Randomized Control Trials (rcts), Experiment Design, Sustainable Development, Nonprofit Management, Theory of Change, Impact Investing