How do we know City Connects makes a difference?
We can see the impact in a child’s smile. And we know that parents, principals, and our community partners are very satisfied with City Connects.
But because we are part of a major research university, Boston College, we also take a hard look at the data; and external researchers continuously review our work.
The gold standard for this kind of evaluation is a randomized controlled trial or RCT. In these trials, one group of randomly chosen individuals receives an intervention that might be, for example, a cancer drug or an enrichment program. A second group is randomly assigned to a “control” group that does not receive the intervention.
The two groups are compared to see how well the intervention works.
It’s a powerful tool.
But it isn’t feasible for every type of school intervention. Continue reading